Simon Thompson, Musicweb In short, this is superb, the best Handel oratorio I’ve heard in years. Read the full review here.
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Entries by Jessica Massey
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International With such beautiful singing and, particularly, intelligent programming, every component of this programme was exquisitely formed… Read the full review here.
Keith Bruce, The Herald ★★★★ … the variety of tonal colour this group of singers blended to produce made an otherwise very full and often fascinating sound. Read the full review here.
David Kettle, The Scotsman ★★★★★ An exceptional evening of music, deeply thoughtful, compassionate and nourishing. Read the full review here.
Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 As Samson, Joshua Ellicott navigates the tightrope between opera and oratorio really well … That’s one of the joys of Butt’s new recording, revelling in the dramatic colour of Handel’s imaginative scoring. Listen to the full review here.
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill ★★★★★ Butt’s thoughtful and intelligent response to Handel’s music gradually seemed to be most natural and created a finely satisfying whole … a profound response to Handel’s music and Milton and Newburgh Hamilton’s words. Read the full review here.
Keith Bruce, The Herald With the Consort’s best instrumentalists in place and Linn Records’ Philip Hobbs producing, this is an immaculate, and hugely important, recording. More prizes assuredly await. Read the full review here.
Neil Fisher, The Times ★★★★ ‘There was a frisson from hearing period instruments used in such unexpected ways… [Butt’s] lively tempos produced plenty of lithe, energetic playing, and enough body in the strings to bring the music out into the vastness of the space. ‘ Read the full review here.
Andrew Neill, Classical Source The Consort, with a strength for the Royal Albert Hall of over forty, provided a glorious, rounded, sound without compromising leanness. Read the full review here.
Agnes Kory, Seen and Heard International ‘The most astonishing aspect of this concert was the unity of players within each section, and the unity of the newly commissioned Bach companion pieces with their designated Suites… the oneness of the flutes gave an extraordinary demonstration… I heard only one while my eyes saw all three. The […]
Keith Brown, The Herald ★★★★ [Dunedin Consort] play baroque music with a vivacity few can match. Read the full review here.
Simon Thompson, The Times ★★★★★ John Butt conducts Bach’s eternal masterpieces as though the music were the elixir of life. Silky strings, spicy winds and raucous horns gave the music a colour that any baroque ensemble would envy, and Cecilia Bernardini’s violin solo in two Vivaldi concertos flowed in and out of the ensemble with […]
Ken Walton, The Scotsman ★★★★★ Joy, passion and precision… it was as though Butt and his players were rediscovering this well-known music afresh all over again, and taking their listeners with them Read the full review here.
Rupert Christiansen, Ivan Hewett, John Allison & David Kettle, The Telegraph ★★★★★ Dunedin Consort’s four-concert survey of Bach and Vivaldi might have seemed like a safe choice, but they imbued their playing with such wild energy and variety that it was anything but. Read the full review here.
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