OP1563. DIDO AND AENEAS (Purcell), recorded 1952, w.Geraint Jones Cond. Mermaid Ensemble; Kirsten Flagstad, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Thomas Hemsley, Arda Mandikian, Sheila Rex, etc.; Kirsten Flagstad: Bach, Handel & Purcell Arias. (E.U.) Naxos 8.111264. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. - 747313326426
"Flagstad gives a sympathetic and moving portrayal, her voice (still rich in late maturity) caressing her lines with melting beauty….Naxos appends an earlier and eloquent recording of Dido’s Lament plus two gems by Bach and Handel, all of which remind us how a romantic sensibility could still bring so much beauty and meaning to baroque music."
- John W. Barker, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2008
"Flagstad was then 57, and the Belinda of that production, Maggie Teyte, a veteran of 64. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was brought in to take [Teyte’s] part in the recording….Flagstad sings with warmth and dignity, the lower part of her voice rich and pure as ever, the upper notes somewhat worn except when producing that wonderfully poised soft G."
- John Steane, GRAMOPHONE, Awards Special Issue, 2007
"The Dido of Mme Flagstad is a poignant and revealing achievement….In Dido’s music, her magnificent vocal control, beauty of tone, and variety of expressive colour are of sovereign interpretive power."
- THE LONDON TIMES, 10 Sept., 1951