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.
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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.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone This new Samson now becomes the top recommendation: for its uniformly excellent soloists, its excitingly ‘present’ choral singing, and above all, its urgent sense of theatre. Read the full review in the December issue of Gramophone.
David Vickers, Gramophone It is unprecedented for an unabridged Samson to nail its enigmatic challenges… [its] manifold musical details, incremental theatrical tensions, literary subtleties and emotional trajectory… Read the full review in the December issue of Gramophone.
Simon Thompson, Musicweb International A taught, exciting reading with the very finest performances and top notch sound… Read the full review here.
Miquel Cabruja, AUDIO ★★★★★ The expressive and eloquently performed oratorio sounds as dramatic as a veritable opera. Read the full review in the December edition of AUDIO magazine.
Simon Thompson, Musicweb In short, this is superb, the best Handel oratorio I’ve heard in years. Read the full review here.
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.
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