Entries by David Lee

Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – Europadisc Review

Europadisc The eight singers of the Dunedin Consort are reinforced by the twenty members of the excellent Polish Radio Choir, giving the choruses (particularly the exultant closing stanza) plenty of force combined with stylishness and clarity of enunciation. With starring roles for solo cello, trumpet, flute, lute and organ, the Dunedin instrumentalists are at the […]

The Musical Offering (Perth Concert Hall) – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald ★★★★ The Dunedin Consort’s Musical Offering took the form of a performative lecture by Glasgow University’s Gardiner Professor of Music, telling the story of its composition, pointing out what to listen for, and spicing the journey with some characteristic Butt humour. … I fancy that, although not lacking in a conceit of himself, […]

The Musical Offering – Lammermuir Festival – The Scotsman

★★★★★ “It was a wonderfully witty yet erudite event, matching brilliantly characterful playing – of the intricate canons and inventions Bach conjured from an awkward theme throw at him by Frederick the Great – with pointed insights from Butt himself. And it was just the kind of format to bring what Butt described as this […]

Samson (Edinburgh International Festival) — The Telegraph Review

The Telegraph ★★★★★ With its Gaza setting and its storyline of possibly the world’s first suicide terrorist (or should that be freedom fighter?), Handel’s Samson isn’t without its contemporary resonances… With director John Butt’s gloriously lithe, supple reading of the work, however, there was never any doubt about the work’s vivid storytelling. Indeed, Butt’s pacing […]

Samson (Edinburgh International Festival) — The Scotsman Review

The Scotsman ★★★★★ Lasting over four hours in total, Handel’s oratorio Samson was undoubtedly one of the International Festival’s lengthier events. Yet, in the high-powered performance of it by Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort on Monday evening, not a thing wavered for a moment in gripping the audience throughout the piece’s entirety… In an unconditionally uplifting performance, an […]

Samson (Edinburgh International Festival) — The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald ★★★★ Dunedin Consort stalwart Matthew Brook was as reliable as ever as Manoa, Samson’s father, and John Butt’s expanded instrumental ensemble similarly superb, a very grand chamber organ (played by Stephen Farr) at the centre. However, it was noticeable how many young singers were part of the 24-strong chorus, while tenor […]