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Dido's Lament

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Rick Jones Rick Jones | 11:38 UK time, Thursday, 8 January 2009

On Wednesday's Composer of the Week, Radio 3 presenter Donald MacLeod played most of Act III of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. This was the only item soprano and evening presenter Catherine Bott picked out when she previewed the 10pm repeat, which, as it was she who was singing Dido, might have seemed immodest had not hers been the one of the best versions of 'When I am Laid' ever recorded. It is tense, tragic and drenched with emotion and she can be justly proud of it.


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