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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / The Fairy Queen
Artist
Les Arts Florissants / William Christie
Label
Harmonia Mundi
Catalogue Number
HAX 8904106.08
Release Date
June 7, 2024

In the late 1980s, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants recorded galvanising versions of two masterpieces of early English opera: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen. These two seminal interpretations are now available again, coupled for the first time in a single boxed set.

Track List

HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)

Dido and Aeneas

CD 1

1 | Overture 2’03

ACT I
2 | Solo and Chorus: Shake the cloud (Belinda) 1’05
3 | Song: Ah! Belinda, I am prest (Dido) 3’49
4 | Recitative: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda) 0’35
5 | Chorus: When monarchs unite 0’14
6 | Recitative: Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido) 2’07
7 | Duet and Chorus: Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda, Second Woman) 1’35
8 | Recitative: See, your Royal Guest appears (Belinda) 0’48
9 | Chorus: Cupid only throws the dart 0’28
10 | Recitative: If not for mine (Aeneas) 0’22
11 | Air: Pursue thy conquest (Belinda) 0’49
12 | Chorus: To the hills and the vales 1’08
13 | The Triumphing Dance 1’17

ACT II
14 | Prelude for the Witches: Wayward Sisters, you that fright (Sorceress, First Witch) 1’56
15 | Chorus: Harm’s our delight 0’16
16 | Recitative: The Queen of Carthage (Sorceress) 0’29
17 | Chorus: Ho! Ho! Ho! – Recitative: Ruin’d ere the set of sun (Two Witches, Sorceress) 1’24
18 | Duet: But ere we this perform (Two Witches) 1’09
19 | Chorus: In our deep vaulted cell 1’37
20 | Echo Dance of Furies 0’59
21 | Ritornelle 0’30
22 | Song and Chorus: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda) 3’29
23 | Song: Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman) – Ritornelle 1’56
24 | Recitative: Behold, upon my bending spear (Aeneas) 0’31
25 | Song and Chorus: Haste, haste to town (Belinda) 0’50
26 | Recitative: Stay, Prince, and hear great Jove’s command (Spirit) 2’40

ACT III
27 | Prelude 1’35
28 | Solo and Chorus: Come away, fellow sailors (First Sailor) 0’47
29 | Recitative: See the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress) 1’12
30 | Song: Our next motion (Sorceress) 0’37
31 | Chorus: Destruction’s our delight 0’34
32 | The Witches’ Dance 1’27
33 | Recitative: Your counsel all is urged in vain (Dido) 4’01
34 | Chorus: Great minds against themselves conspire 1’02
35 | Recitative: Thy hand, Belinda (Dido) 1’09
36 | Song: When I am laid in earth (Dido’s lament) 4’07
37 | Chorus: With drooping wings ye Cupids come 2’57

Les Arts Florissants
Dido Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano
Belinda Jill Feldman, soprano
Aeneas Philippe Cantor, baryton-basse
Sorceress Dominique Visse, contre-ténor
First Witch, Second Woman Agnès Mellon, soprano
Second Witch Barbara Borden, soprano
Spirit Michel Laplénie, ténor
First Sailor Étienne Lestringant, ténor
Sopranos Barbara Borden, Jill Feldman, Sigrid Lee, Agnès Mellon
Contre-ténors Vincent Darras, Dominique Visse
Ténors Michel Laplénie, Étienne Lestringant
Basses Philippe Cantor, François Fauché, Antoine Sicot
Violons 1 Daniel Cuiller, Richard Walz, Walter Reiter, Michèle Sauvé
Violons 2 Robert Crisafulli, Frédéric Martin, Véronique Méjean
Altos Christine Angot, Jacques Maillard
Violoncelles Élisabeth Matiffa, Christine Kyprie
Violone Jonathan Cable
Clavecins Yvon Repérant, William Christie
Direction William Christie

The Fairy Queen

CD 2

First Musick
1 | 1. Prelude 1’30
2 | 2. Hornpipe 0’50
Second Musick
3 | 3. Air 0’58
4 | 4. Rondeau 1’40
5 | 5. Overture 1’25

ACT I
6 | 6. Duet: Come, let us leave the town 1’43
7 | 7. Scene of the Drunken Poet: Fill up the bowl 6’00
8 | 8. First Act Tune: Jig 1’03

ACT II
9 | 9. Come all ye songsters 2’30
10 | 10. Prelude 1’20
11 | 11. Chorus: May the God of Wit inspire 2’25
12. Echo
12 | 13. Chorus: Now join your warbling voices all, Sing while we trip it 2’53
Dance of Fairies
13 | 14. Entrance of Night: See, even Night herself is here 4’48
14 | 15. Entrance of Mystery: I am come to lock all fast 0’52
15 | 16. Entrance of Secrecy: One charming night gives more delight 2’22
16 | 17. Entrance of Sleep: Hush, no more 5’02
17 | 18. Dance for the followers of Night 1’22
18 | 19. Second Act Tune: Air 1’25

ACT III
19 | 20. If love’s a sweet passion 5’15
20 | 21. Symphony while the swans come forward 1’30
21 | 22. Dance for the Fairies 0’45
22 | 23. Dance for the Green Men 1’45
23 | 24. Ye gentle spirits of the air 5’00
24 | 25. Dialogue between Coridon and Mopsa 3’30
25 | 26. When I have often heard young maids complaining 2’00
26 | 27. Dance for the Haymakers 0’50
27 | 28. A thousand, thousand ways 2’13
28 | 29. Third Act Tune: Hornpipe 0’50

CD 3

ACT IV
1 | 30. Symphony 6’25
2 | 31. Now the night is chased away / 32. Let the Fifes and the Clarions 3’15
3 | 33. Entry of Phoebus 0’35
4 | 34. When a cruel long winter / 35. Chorus: Hail! great parent of us all 5’02
5 | 36. Spring: Thus the ever grateful Spring 2’13
6 | 37. Summer: Here’s the Summer, sprightly, gay 1’30
7 | 38. Autumn: See, see my many colour’d fields 2’40
8 | 39. Winter: Next Winter comes slowly 3’38
9 | 40. Fourth Act Tune: Air 1’02

ACT V
10 | 41. Prelude 1’10
11 | 42. Juno: Thrice happy lovers 2’50
12 | 43. The Plaint: O let me weep! 8’15
13 | 44. Entry Dance 1’25
14 | 45. Symphony 1’00
15 | 46. A Chinese Man: Thus the gloomy world 4’05
16 | 47. Chinese Woman: Thus happy and free 0’45
17 | 48. Chinese Man: Yes, Daphne 1’50
18 | 49. Monkeys’ Dance 0’53
19 | 50. Hark! how all things with one sound rejoice 2’05
20 | 51. Hark! the echoing air a triumph sings 2’30
21 | 52. Sure the dull God of Marriage does not hear 2’30
22 | 53. Prelude / 54. Hymen: See, I obey 1’47
23 | 55. Turn then thine eyes 0’40
24 | 56. Hymen: My torch indeed will from such brightness shine 0’45
25 | 57. They shall be as happy as they are fair 0’50
26 | 58. Chaconne 2’40
27 | 59. They shall be as happy as they are fair 0’50

Les Arts Florissants
Sopranos Nancy Argenta, Lynne Dawson, Isabelle Desrochers, Willemijn Van Gent, Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau, Noémi Rime
Hautes-contre Charles Daniels, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Mark Le Brocq, Christophe le Paludier
Ténors Bernard Loonen, François Piolino, Thomas Randle
Baryton François Bazola
Basses Jérôme Correas, George Banks-Martin, Bernard Deletré, Thomas Lander, Richard Taylor
Violons Ryo Terakado, Myriam Gevers, Catherine Girard, Thérèse Gipfer, Michio Kondo, Frédéric Martin, Guya Martinini, Michèle Sauvé, George Willms
Altos Christine Angot, Mutsumi Otsu, Benoît Weeger
Violoncelles David Simpson, Bruno Cocset, Elisabeth Matiffa
Contrebasse Jonathan Cable
Flûtes à bec Hugo Reyne, Jean-Pierre Nicolas
Hautbois Frank de Bruine, Claire Michèle
Bassons David Mings, Kate van Orden
Trompettes Susan Williams, Graham Nicholson
Percussions Marie-Ange Petit
Continuo
Théorbe Eric Bellocq
Guitare baroque et théorbe Mike Fentross
Violoncelle David Simpson
Viole de gambe Anne-Marie Lasla
Clavecins Christophe Rousset, Noam Krieger
Orgue Christophe Rousset
Direction William Christie

Les Arts Florissants / William Christie

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