Here is my recording of the famous Aria composed by Henry Purcell as part of his opera Dido and Aeneas. The beautiful arrangement for classical guitar is due to the late American guitarist Paul R. Palmer. The music is illustrated by several paintings depicting Dido and Aeneas due to Heinrich Füger, Nathaniel Dance-Holland and Joseph Turner.
This is perhaps the most poignant melody ever written, and certainly the saddest piece of my repertoire. I hope my rendition won't get you depressed :) This piece is quite challenging to play for a solo classical guitarist. The result is certainly more intimate and less powerful than the original version for orchestra and voice. There are many beautiful renditions of the Aria, in particular that by the great Jessye Norman.
Thanks for watching!
Paul R. Palmer: sites.google.com/site/freescorepaulrp/