‘This performance of a selection of steamy, love-related madrigals by the Dunedin Consort, directed by tenor Nicholas Mulroy, was both technically astounding and profoundly moving… Accompanied by the theorbo, Mulroy almost made torment sound pleasurable in the jaunty triple-time Si dolce è ‘l tormento, which could easily pass for a pop song today. Monteverdi constantly pushes his singers out of their comfort zones, well beyond the ranges we would recognise today, and these outstanding singers delivered every note with aplomb. Read the full review >>>
The Scotsman ****
Filling them with poise, confidence and some superb singing with the ever-excellent Dunedin Consort, Alder, still under 30, is a name assuredly on the up and one to keep a close eye on.
The Scotsman *****
[Butt] brought an astonishing richness and smoothness to his Dunedin forces’ sound… By the walls of sound in the closing Magnificat, the Vespers felt overwhelming in their grandeur, but there was something to savour in every moment. It is hard to imagine a more exquisite, deeply felt performance.
The Herald *****
This richness and variety shone through in this superbly stylish and joyful performance from Dunedin Consort and His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts directed from the organ by John Butt. The Vespers is a lengthy work, but here delivered with the Consort’s trademark energy, the momentum was never allowed to falter… All told this was an exhilarating performance and it was rapturously received by the capacity audience in St Mary’s.
Directed by Nicholas Mulroy, we play and sing the music of Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries in a programme that will vividly illuminate Caravaggio’s world. Their music was designed to stir the passions and move the soul, and – as Monteverdi explicitly desired – to make us feel and know more vividly both the pain and pleasure of being alive.