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Catherine Bott as Dido, Emma Kirbky as Belinda, conducted by Christopher Hogwood
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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, Crowe, Ainsley; OAE (Chandos Chaconne CHAN0757)

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"Recordings of Dido are numerous, and in all honesty I can't say that this is uniformly superior to all the others. Nevertheless, it's a worthy contribution to the catalogue and will be indispensable listening for those who love the piece."--Dominic McHugh, MusicalCrticism.com

"Connolly sings Dido in a doom-laden mezzo ringing with tragic premonitions. She sings Dido's Lament with heavy, slow, tantalising beauty over its inexorable ground-bass. Gerald Finley is an heroic Aeneas, while the soprano Lucy Crowe as Belinda is bright, supple and optimistic. She is the future, on or off the disc."--Rick Jones, The Times

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Henry Purcell:  Dido and Aeneas
Lynne Dawson, Rosemary Joshua, Gerald Finley, conducted by René Jacobs

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"René Jacobs conduit l'opéra avec un sens étonnant du contraste; à ses côtés,  une distribution excellente est dominée par la Didon raffinée de Lynne Dawson."--
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Henry Purcell : Dido and Aeneas
Susan Graham (Dido), Ian Bostridge (Aeneas), Camilla Tilling (Belinda), Cécile de Boever (Second Woman), Felicity Palmer (Sorceress), David Daniels (Spirit), Paul Agnew (A Sailor)
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Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor)
Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45604 2 2

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"Voici sans doute pour longtemps une version de référence. Et les petits malins ne pourront même pas la copier car le CD est 'Copy Controlled'!"--
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Anne-Sofie von Otter as Dido, and Lynne Dawson as Belinda, in a recording very well conducted by Trevor Pinnock.

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My personal favourite among the recordings of Dido and Aeneas has a cast including Victoria de los Angeles, Heather Harper, and Peter Glossop, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.

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