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.

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Samson – Early Music Review

David Hansell, Early Music Review

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

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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.

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…

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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!

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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…

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Samson – Editor’s Choice – Gramophone

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.

Samson – Critics’ Choice – Gramophone

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.

Samson – Gramophone Review

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.

Samson – Critics’ Choice – 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.

Samson – Musicweb Review

Simon Thompson, Musicweb

In short, this is superb, the best Handel oratorio I’ve heard in years.

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Requiem Aeternam – Seen and Heard International Review

Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International

With such beautiful singing and, particularly, intelligent programming, every component of this programme was exquisitely formed…

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Requiem Aeternam – The Herald Review

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.

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Requiem Aeternam – The Scotsman Review

David Kettle, The Scotsman

★★★★★

An exceptional evening of music, deeply thoughtful, compassionate and nourishing.

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Samson – BBC Radio 3 Record Review

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.

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