Mariano Acero Ruilópez, Scherzo “An album of extraordinary quality … Butt is, without a doubt, not only a great musicologist, but also one of the best Bachian conductors of the moment.” Read the full review in the January 2022 edition of Scherzo.
About Jessica Massey
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Entries by Jessica Massey
★★★★★ Philip Reed, Choir & Organ “This is a must-hear release.” Read the full review in the January/February 2022 edition of Choir & Organ.
★★★★ Simon Thompson, The Arts Desk ‘Almost every city in the UK has its annual Christmas Messiah, but there can’t be any as stylish or as polished as this one.’ Read the full review here.
★★★★★ Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill ‘A superbly subtle account… the choruses were some of the best sung that I have ever come across in my nearly 50 years of attending Messiah performances.’ Read the full review here.
★★★★★ David Kettle, The Scotsman ‘This was a fresh, searching Messiah, brisk and vivid, and delivered as if its ink was still wet.’ Read the full review here.
★★★★★ Benjamin Poore, BachTrack ‘Gutsy and vibrant… a huge ovation for a thrilling performance that gave this staple a vigorous makeover.’ Read the full review here.
David Vickers, Gramophone ‘Every element in Ich habe genug feels just right – the compassionate tension of the soft strings’ lullaby motion, Alexandra Bellamy’s soulful oboe, tenderly realised keyboard continuo playing and cathartic fulfilment of divine promise in Matthew Brook’s endearing truthfulness.’ Read the full review in the December 2021 edition of Gramophone.
Dan Cairns, The Sunday Times “St Luke’s Song of Simeon rendered here with arresting simplicity and noble tone by a youthful sounding Matthew Brook.” Selected as album of the week for week commencing 31st October 2021.
★★★★★ Michael Beek, BBC Music Magazine “John Butt and the Dunedins approach the scores from a scholarly angle… but it’s the heart rather than the head that informs their music-making” Read the full review here.
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International “The tightest blend and the most persuasive sense of communication, something that had me convinced throughout this programme, which spanned five centuries of choral music… the Dunedin singers created something magical”. Read the full review here.
Brian Wilson, MusicWeb International “…the new Linn recording would be among my top two or three recommendations for each of the three cantatas which it contains.” Read the full review here.
★★★★★ Erica Jeal, The Guardian “Brook’s performance, with its moments of vocal vulnerability mixed up in the beauty of it all, has an immediacy that gets to the work’s essence… a seriously uplifting recording’” Read the full review here.
★★★★★ Geoff Brown, The Times “The most touching Bach album you’ll hear this year… Butt’s intimate forces ensure winning clarity and immediate impact.” Read the full review here.
★★★★★ Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman “Nothing short of perfection…. A truly moving and beautiful disc.” Read the full review here.
Mark Brown, The National “The passionate commitment of the songs demands great dexterity, both of singers and musicians, and the Dunedin Consort has that virtuosic agility in spades.” Read the full review here.
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