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Dido's Lament - Opera's Great Tragic Moments
Dido's Lament - Opera's Great Tragic Moments (ABC Classics 480 8207)
SKU: 16234
AU $22.73

Label: ABC Classics Cat. No.: 480 8207 Medium: CD No. Discs: 2

The latest offering in ABC Classics' popular Opera series is Dido's Lament, a showcase of some of opera's most tragic, romantic and heartwrenching moments.

Tears, sighs and sorrow, the power of love, the ache of longing and the bliss of precious memories: this sublime double-CD is an ecstatic journey through a rich emotional landscape towards healing and peace.

There is grief and sadness, but also dignity and acceptance; there is passion and anger, betrayal and loneliness, but even in the depths of anguish, there is a beauty in this music that transforms suffering into ecstasy.

This exquisite collection is also a journey through time, starting with Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna - the first truly great opera lament, and the model for all who came after. Ariadne, abandoned by her beloved Theseus on the island of Naxos, cries out in agony as she watches the sails of his ship disappear on the horizon. The rest of the opera has been lost, but this lament was too popular to be forgotten.

Gluck and Mozart are more restrained but no less poignant: Orpheus confronting a future without his beloved Eurydice, Pamina in The Magic Flute struggling to understand why Tamino has suddenly turned his back on her, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro wishing she could forget the sweet moments of a marriage that has turned sour. Beethoven's hero Florestan, staring into the empty darkness of his prison cell, is comforted by a vision of his wife, like an angel leading him to freedom, but heaven is silent as Tosca asks why her life of good deeds is being rewarded with evil and cruelty, while Wagner's Isolde embraces death with delight, longing to be reunited with her Tristan. But the most famous of all is surely Dido's Lament: its simple, timeless beauty speaks straight to the heart.

With performances by Renee Fleming, Katia Ricciarelli, Renata Tebaldi, Anne Sofie von Otter, Sara Macliver, Yvonne Kenny, Emma Matthews, Joan Carden, Elizabeth Connell, Marilyn Richardson, Andreas Scholl, Sally-Anne Russell, Jonathan Summers, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and more, this is an album to be treasured.

Artists: Renata Tebaldi, Andreas Scholl, Renée Fleming, Jonathan Summers, Marilyn Richardson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Katia Ricciarelli, Sara Macliver, Paul Agnew, Yvonne Kenny, Sally-Anne Russell, Joan Carden, Emma Matthews, Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus, Ileana Cotrubas, James King, Anders J. Dahlin 7 R. STRAUSS Da geht er hin (There he goes) from Der Rosenkavalier Yvonne Kenny, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Maria Chiara, Elizabeth Connell.
Tracks: CD1

1 PUCCINI Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto (Little one, you died without your mother) from Suor Angelica Renata Tebaldi

2 GLUCK Che farò, senza Euridice? (What shall I do without Eurydice?) from Orfeo ed Euridice Andreas Scholl

3 BRITTEN Embroidery in childhood from Peter Grimes Renée Fleming & Jonathan Summers

4 MASSENET Pleurez, pleurez, mes yeux (Weep, weep, O my eyes) from Le Cid Marilyn Richardson

5 MONTEVERDI Lamento d'Arianna (Ariadne's Lament) from L'Arianna Anne Sofie von Otter

6 PUCCINI Vissi d’arte (I lived for art) from Tosca Katia Ricciarelli

7 MOZART Porgi amor (May Love grant me some remedy) from The Marriage of Figaro Sara Macliver

8 RAMEAU Lieux funestes (O dread abode) from Dardanus Paul Agnew

9 HANDEL Lascia, ch'io pianga (Let me weep) from Rinaldo Yvonne Kenny

10 TCHAIKOVSKY Adieu, forêts (Farewell, forests) from The Maid of Orleans Sally-Anne Russell

11 VERDI Willow Aria: Piangea cantando nell’erma landa (She wept, singing, in the lonely land) from Otello Joan Carden

12 CILEA Poveri fiori (Poor flowers) from Adriana Lecouvreur Marilyn Richardson

13 PURCELL Thy hand, Belinda…When I am laid in earth (Dido’s Lament) from Dido and Aeneas Sally-Anne Russell


1 STEVENSON / FLOTOW The Last Rose of Summer from Martha Emma Matthews

2 BORODIN Polovtsian Dances (excerpt) from Prince Igor Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus

3 VERDI Addio del passato (Farewell, lovely laughter-filled dreams of the past) from La traviata Ileana Cotrubas

4 MOZART Dove sono i bei momenti (Where are the lovely moments?) from The Marriage of Figaro Sara Macliver

5 BEETHOVEN Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!...In des Lebens Fruhlingstagen (God! How dark it is here!... In the springtime of life) from Fidelio James King

6 CHARPENTIER Ciel! Ciel! Il est mort! (O Heaven! He is dead!) from David et Jonathas Sara Macliver & Anders J. Dahlin

7 R. STRAUSS Da geht er hin (There he goes) from Der Rosenkavalier Yvonne Kenny

8 TCHAIKOVSKY Yeletsky's Aria (I love you) from The Queen of Spades Teddy Tahu Rhodes

9 GRANADOS La maja y el ruisenor (The maiden and the nightingale) from Goyescas Marilyn Richardson

10 PURCELL O Let Me Weep (The Plaint) from The Fairy Queen Sally-Anne Russell

11 GIORDANA La mamma morta (They killed my mother) from Andrea Chénier Maria Chiara

12 MOZART Ach, ich fühl’s (Alas, I feel it) from The Magic Flute Sara Macliver

13 WAGNER Liebestod: Mild und leise (Love-Death: How gently, how softly) from Tristan und Isolde Elizabeth Connell
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 16234
Label: ABC Classics
Catalog #: 480 8207
Price: AU $22.73   

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