Philip Reed, Choir & Organ ★★★★★ Together with outstanding orchestral playing…, this complete recording of Handel’s first version of Samson is highly recommended. Read the full review in the February edition of Choir & Organ magazine.
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Keith Bruce, The Herald ★★★★ It is as fine an example of Johann Sebastian making a delicious meal of the simplest ingredients as there is, and was followed by a joyous brisk finale by way of dessert. Read the full review here.
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International The orchestral transparency led to an exquisitely balanced unity so that there was never any musical grandstanding, but instead a lovely sense of pulling together. Read the full review here.
James Manheim, All Music The momentum holds up over the entire long version: the album is well recorded by Linn… this is both an important and an enjoyable Handel recording. Read the full review here.
David Hansell, Early Music Review This release is unlikely to be surpassed – or even competed with – for some time. Read the full review here.
Sébastien Gauthier, ConcertoNet A version that nevertheless appeals to the listener in many ways… Joshua Ellicot is excellent! Read the full review here.
Brian Viner, The Daily Mail This is the best we have yet had from John Butt and his Dunedin Consort of Edinburgh… both singing and playing are first-rate. Read the full review here.
Pierre Degott, ResMusica This new version could well be placed at the top of the discography… a new milestone in the Handelian discography. Read the full review here.
Berta Joncus, BBC Music Magazine Performance ★★★★★ Recording ★★★★★ John Butt has created the best Samson ever. Read the full review in the December issue of BBC Music Magazine.
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill 2019 seemed a year for scholarship and rarity in recordings… John Butt and the Dunedin Consort recorded every note of Handel’s Samson as the composer originally wrote it… See the full list here.
Keith Bruce, The Herald ★★★★ It is not just the singers, but also the fine continuo players, and pitch-perfect baroque strings, led by Huw Daniel, who all have distinct, audible and individual contributions to make in a Dunedin Consort performance of Handel’s masterpiece… Read the full review here.
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International The cumulative effect, therefore, was […] powerful enough, in fact, to get the polite Edinburgh audience cheering, something they very rarely do, particularly in the Queen’s Hall! Read the full review here.
Ken Walton, The Scotsman ★★★★★ This is another John Butt spectacular, the ensemble’s effervescent director eliciting a performance that captures the emotion of Handel’s exceptional writing… Read the full review here.
Martin Cullingford, Gramophone John Butt really does excel at these explorations of monumental major works; the performance is wonderful, while the level of historical and musical enquiry further enriches our appreciation.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone Today… I’m plumping for Samson: for its superb solo team… its thrillingly immediate choral singing, and the mingled gravitas and theatrical urgency of John Butt’s direction. Read the full review in the December issue of Gramophone.
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