Dido’s lament – Jeff Buckley

I’ve long known Henry Purcell’s wonderful opera Dido and Aeneas, and I’ve listened to many versions over the years. I particularly love the Dido’s lament aria. And then last night I heard a version which was new to me, recorded by the late, great Jeff Buckley at the Meltdown Festival. I was driving in to Edinburgh at the time, and if I hadn’t been on the A1 I would have stopped the car. As it was I drove on with tears in my eyes. It’s just heartbreaking. I’ve just listened to it again on YouTube and it’s had the same effect on me.


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2 Responses to Dido’s lament – Jeff Buckley

  1. Yaffle says:

    Amazing – he could turn his hand (or tonsils) to anything. You’ll know his ‘Corpus Christi Carol’ from Grace I take it?

    There are other modern versions of DL I like too – Klaus Nomi, MJQ…

  2. Dr Nike says:

    Chilling and poignant, superb interpretation, tragic loss!

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