Purcell Claims Victory in BBC Radio 3 Poll

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June
2010

Following a recent BBC Radio 3 poll, listeners chose Henry Purcell‘s aria “When I am laid in Earth” from the opera Dido and Aeneas as their favorite. Better known as “Dido’s Lament,” the aria beat a number of equally famous pieces such as Mozart’s Dove sono (Marriage of Figaro) and Wagner’s Liebestod (Tristan and Isolde).

The Telegraph has more details.

It’s only appropriate to celebrate Purcell’s victory with a performance of the aria by one of his modern champions. Here’s English soprano Emma Kirkby to do the honors (she begins with the recitative “Thy hand Belinda,” which precedes the lament):

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