|Dido and Aeneas|
|Dido and Aeneas Synopsis|
|Dido and Aeneas Libretto|
Also known as:
|Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano|
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Thanks for listening to my home-made guitar recordings.
I am pleased to post my recording of the famous aria "When I am Laid in Earth" composed by Henry Purcell as part of his opera Dido and Aeneas. The beautiful arrangement for classical guitar is due to the late American guitarist Paul R. Palmer.
This is perhaps the most poignant melody ever written, and certainly the saddest piece of my repertoire. It is also quite challenging to play for a solo classical guitarist. The result is certainly more intimate and less powerful than the original version for orchestra and voice. There are many beautiful renditions of this piece available on YouTube, in particular that by the great Jessye Norman. This particular recording is illustrated by several paintings depicting Dido and Aeneas due to Heinrich Füger, Nathaniel Dance-Holland and Joseph Turner.
Enjoy! -- Roland