Entries by David Lee

Messiah — Glasgow, City Halls — The Herald Review

★★★★Keith Bruce, The Herald An interpretation of Handel’s Messiah that makes the listener aware of both the work’s musical and liturgical sophistication is a special thing, yet that is what the Dunedin Consort routinely achieves under artistic director John Butt. For the award-winning Scottish baroque vocal and instrumental ensemble, Messiah has become their Stairway to Heaven or Bohemian […]

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day — Gramophone Review

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone [Carolyn Sampson’s] poised, invariably graceful contributions are among the disc’s prime pleasures: from her radiant sense of wonder in the sarabande aria ‘What passion cannot music raise and quell!’, in dialogue with Jonathan Manson’s musingly eloquent cello; through the wistful ‘The soft complaining flute’, where Sampson veils her naturally bright tone (a […]

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day — AllMusic Review

All Music by Blair Sanderson Such sunny numbers as the chorus, ‘From Harmony’, the tenor’s martial aria, ‘The Trumpet’s Loud Clangour’, and the famous March, with its popular trumpet solo, give a clear indication of the predominantly joyous nature of the Ode. The Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, also composed in 1739, […]

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day — The Financial Times Review

The Financial Times Soprano Carolyn Sampson and tenor Ian Bostridge are engaging soloists, Sampson sounding especially luminous. The Polish Radio Choir sings Dryden’s text with impressive clarity and the Dunedin Consort shines in the solo opportunities for cello, trumpet, flute and organ with which Handel hymns music’s sacred spheres. Read the full review here

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – Editor’s Choice – Presto Classical

Presto Classical, Editor’s Choice Augmented by the Polish Radio Choir, this full-blooded reading of Handel’s great hymn to the patron saint of music plays out on a larger scale than we’re perhaps used to from Butt and his Dunedin forces, to powerful and frequently moving effect: there’s a sardonic glint behind Bostridge’s apparent paeon to the […]

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day — The Sunday Times Review

The Sunday Times, 11 November 2018 Written to celebrate the patron saint of music on November 22, 1739, the Ode for St Cecilia’s Day contains some of Handel’s most affecting work, turning his attentions verse by verse to a particular instrument. Butt’s reading with the Dunedins and the Polish choir has irresistible sweetness, with the […]

Armonico Tributo (Kendal) –Westmorland Gazette

Adrian Mullen, Westmorland Gazette Movements from [Muffat’s] Armonico Tributo were striking in the range of tempi, instrumental colours and dynamics. The consort played with obvious affection for this music and, particularly in the final passacaglia, demonstrated virtuosic technique. Read the full review here.

Armonico Tributo (Glasgow) – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald ★★★★ The finest compositions of the concert, perhaps unsurprisingly, were by Heinrich Biber. Truscott revelled in the menagerie of animal impressions that is his Sonata Representativa, with cellist Jonathan Manson assisting in the portrayal of birds, frogs and cats – a gentler side to his better-known Battalia pictorialism. Read the full […]

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – The Observer Review

Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer …one of the greatest moments in all of Handel, superbly realised by Carolyn Sampson and the Dunedin Consort under John Butt, working here with the Polish Radio Choir. Ian Bostridge adds his plangent imagination to Dryden’s vivid conjuring of music as the power that raises chaos into harmony, while Sampson’s “What […]

Armonico Tributo — Matthew Truscott Interview

Ahead of this week’s Armonico Tributo performances, we caught up with violinist Matthew Truscott to hear more about his insights into the music we’ll be performing, and to find out what he enjoys most about working with Dunedin Consort. Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get started playing the violin, and how did […]

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – The Scotsman Review

Ken Walton, The Scotsman  ★★★★★ Here is a performance that draws every ounce of emotive symbolism and sublime inference from Handel’s poetically refined score. It features John Butt’s excitingly precise Dunedin Consort, whose instrumentalists are idiomatically stylish to the last …Yet another Baroque tour de force from Butt, who has a simple knack of turning […]