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 – A Recording of the Year – Musicweb International

Simon Thompson, Musicweb International

A taught, exciting reading with the very finest performances and top notch sound…

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Samson – AUDIO Magazine Review

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.

Samson – Musicweb International 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 – Shortlisted Recording of 2019 – Presto Classical

We were delighted to be included on Presto Classical’s shortlist of top recordings for 2019. Samson now joins earlier Dunedin projects like Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Monteverdi’s Vespers and Handel’s Esther as a Presto Classical recommended recording.

See the full shortlist here.

Samson – Baroque Vocal Nominee – ICMA 2020

We are delighted to announce that our latest recording, Handel’s Samson, has been nominated in the ‘Best Baroque Vocal’ category at the 2020 International Classical Music Awards.

Samson – The Observer Review

Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer

No one can accuse the Dunedin Consort of doing things by halves. John Butt directs with vigour… while Dunedin regulars excel.

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Samson – The Arts Desk Review

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

Handsomely produced, with outstanding notes and glowing sound, this is a treat.

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Samson – The Financial Times Review

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times

This recording breaks new ground as conductor John Butt bolsters the Dunedin Consort with members of Tiffin Boys’ Choir.

Read the full review here.