Opera - Dido and Aeneas

   
 HENRY PURCELL
   
 Dido and Aeneas 56:08  
1 1 [Overture] 18:55
  ACT 1 (The Palace)  
  Song (Belinda) & Chorus Shake the cloud from off your brow  
  Song (Dido) Ah! Belinda  
  Recitative & Song (Belinda, Dido & Second Woman)  
  Grief increases by concealing  
  Chorus When monarchs unite  
  Duet (Belinda & Second Woman) & Chorus  
  Fear no danger to ensue  
  Dance  
  Recitative (Belinda & Aeneas & Dido)  
  See, your royal guest appears  
  Chorus Cupid only throws the dart  
  Recitative (Aeneas) If not for mine, for empire's sake  
  Song (Belinda) Pursue thy conquest, Love  
  Dance (guitar's chacony)  
  Chorus To the hills and the vales  
  The Triumphing Dance  
   
2 ACT II Scene 1 (The Cave) 7:33
  (Prelude for the Witches)  
  Recitative (Sorceress) Wayward sisters  
  Chorus Harm's our delight  
  Recitative (Sorceress) The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate  
  Chorus Ho ho ho  
  Recitative (Enchantress & Sorceress) Ruin'd ere the set of sun?  
  Chorus Ho ho ho  
  Duet (Enchantress) But ere we this perform  
  Chorus In our deep vaulted cell  
  Echo Dance (Enchantress & Furies)  
3 ACT II Scene 2 (The Grove) 10:30
  (Ritornelle)  
  Song (Belinda) & Chorus Thanks to these lonesome vales  
  Dance (guitar ground)  
  Song (Second Woman) Oft she visits this lonely mountain  
  A dance to entertain Aeneas (Dido's women)  
  Recitative (Aeneas & Dido) Behold, upon mybending spear  
  Song (Belinda) & Chorus Haste, haste to town  
  Recitative (Spirit & Aeneas) Stay, Prince  
  Chorus [not extant]  
  Dance [not extant: hornpipe from The Married Beau]  
4 ACT III (The Ships) 18:51
  (Prelude)  
  Song (Sailor) & Chorus Come away, fellow sailors  
  The Sailors' Dance  
  Recitative & Duet (Sorceress & Enchantress)  
  See the flags and streamers curling  
  Song (Sorceress) Our next motion  
  Chorus Destruction's our delight  
  Dance (The Witches' Dance)  
  Recitative (Dido, Belinda & Aeneas)  
  Your counsel all is urg'd in vain  
  Chorus Great minds against themselves conspire  
  Recitative (Dido) Thy hand, Belinda  
  Song (Dido) When I am laid in earth  
  Chorus With drooping wings ye cupids come  
  Dance (Cupids)  
   
 Emma Kirkby soprano
 Judith Nelson soprano
 David Thomas tenor
 Andrew Parrott
  3-5 January 1981