This one-act work by John Blow, the oldest surviving all-sung English opera (1683), is a close parallel of his contemporary Henry Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas".
Performed by Theatre of the Ayre: Rachel Podger & Clare Salaman (violins), Galina Zinchenko (viola), Alison McGillivray (bass violin and viol), Pamela Thorby, Kate Latham & Merlin Harrison (recorders), David Miller (theorboes/guitars), James Johnstone (harpsichord) & Elizabeth Kenny (director/theorbo/guitar) with singers Sophie Daneman (Venus), Roderick Williams (Adonis), Elin Manahan Thomas (Cupid), Helen Neeves (soprano, shepherdess), Caroline Sartin (alto, shepherd), Jason Darnell (tenor, huntsman), Frederick Long (bass) & Grace Beverley, Flora Davies, Kelly Frost, Hermione Leitch, Rebecca Lyles, Helena Mackie, Georgiana Roxburgh & Rosanna Wicks (Cupids: from Salisbury Cathedral School).
Recorded live at Wigmore Hall 3.5.10: Wigmore Hall Live, 2011. BBC Music Magazine 3-star review, May 2011.
Blow - Chloe found Amintas lying
Blow - Ground in G Minor
Lambert, M - Vos mépris chaque jour
de Visée - Chaconne
Blow - Venus and Adonis