Samson – Los Excepcionales – Scherzo

We are delighted that our latest release, Handel’s Samson, has been listed as a highly recommended recording in Scherzo magazine for March 2020.

Samson – Scherzo Review

Eduardo Torrico, Scherzo

John Butt gathers a glittering vocal cast … the orchestra is dazzling, as usual in the case of the Dunedin Consort.

Read the full review in the March issue of Scherzo.

Samson – Choir & Organ Review

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.

The Brandenburgs – The Herald Review

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.

The Brandenburgs – Seen and Heard International Review

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.

Samson – All Music Review

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.

Samson – Early Music Review

David Hansell, Early Music Review

This release is unlikely to be surpassed – or even competed with – for some time.

Read the full review here.

Samson – ConcertoNet Review

Sébastien Gauthier, ConcertoNet

A version that nevertheless appeals to the listener in many ways… Joshua Ellicot is excellent!

Read the full review here.

Samson – The Daily Mail Review

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.

Samson – ResMusica Review

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.

Samson – Record of the Month – BBC Music Magazine

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.

Samson – Best of 2019 CD Picks – Planet Hugill

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.

Messiah – The Herald Review

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.

Messiah – Seen and Heard International Review

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.

Samson – The Scotsman Review

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.