Jommelli: Didone abbandonata

COMPOSERS: Jommelli
LABELS: Orfeo
WORKS: Didone abbandonata
PERFORMER: Dorothea Röschmann, Martina Borst, William Kendall, Mechthild Bach; Stuttgart CO/Frieder Bernius
CATALOGUE NO: C 381 953 DDD
Mozart greatly admired the music of Jommelli. Here is the latter’s marvellous version of the Dido and Aeneas story. Dorothea Röschmann is flexible and firm in the title role, and Martina Borst as Aeneas has a warm tone (though her tuning wanders a little). The orchestra is robust and vivid, especially in the astonishing final scene which was famous in its day. We can only hope for more from this enterprising Stuttgart group. Anthony Pryer

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