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The Music Room => Great Recordings and Reviews => Topic started by: J on June 24, 2021, 04:12:08 PM

Title: Dido's Lament
Post by: J on June 24, 2021, 04:12:08 PM
Been fascinated and engrossed by the famous "Dido's Lament" (perhaps the most beautiful aria ever) from Purcell's Opera recently, and wondering what everyone's favorite renditions are.

For me, these are the two that stand out (by some distance) among those I've heard:

https://youtu.be/Ae1IUPHxFzs  (the aria effectively ends at 4:10)

https://youtu.be/wI2Jrxx2ou0

Not that one has to assign pre-eminence, but Kermes seems utterly true to the work's setting in her fragility and reticence, though Kielland's beauty and performance artistry draw me in no less intoxicatingly.