Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Niquet
Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet, conductor
Henry Purcell (c. 1659-1695)
The year 2001 marked the felicitous moment when Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel joined Glossa, starting a recording collaboration which to date (2013) has yielded twenty-plus titles. The first of all these was this memorable Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, at the time a somewhat unusual offering from an ensemble which had hitherto made of French Baroque music the cornerstone of its activities. Like, however later with King Arthur (both on CD and DVD), and with The Fairy Queen and The Indian Queen (for the time being only in live performances), Niquet infuses this early British (semi-)opera with a subtle touch of Frenchness - needless to say historically eminently-justifiable - making his version a delightful and different listening experience. It is not by accident that Niquet is increasingly been called upon by opera houses internationally to direct the music of this English genius...