Monteverdi Vespers 1610 – BBC Music Magazine review

BBC Music Magazine

This compelling and insightful album is an outstanding contribution to Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary … Particularly effective is the coloristic sonority of the organ which, by employing the Hauptwerk system, reproduces the sound of an early Venetian instrument.

Monteverdi Vespers 1610 – Early Music Review

Early Music Review *****

Given the outstandingly tuned singing and ensemble, the result is to expose Monteverdi’s often dazzling counterpoint in rare detail and clarity … a finely conceived and splendidly executed achievement.

This is a first-rate recording … the sounds of the Dunedin’s strings and His Majestys Sagbuts and Cornetts are exceptionally well-blended and beautifully captured in this intelligent and well-produced recording.

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Dunedin Consort Recordings in the Christmas Charts!

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – BBC Radio 3

‘Absolutely love that recording…the whole recording is absolutely glittering. There’s that sense of really infectious energy that hits you on this recording from the off…Let’s hear some more of what promises to be one the essential recordings of the year.’ BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ (1 November 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – AUDIOphile Pearls

Entfaltet der anerkannte Bach-Dirigent Transparenz, Drive und große Textverständlichkeit. Musikalisch ist Butts federnder, tänzerischer Ansatz fraglos reizvoll.” AUDIO (January 2017)

 

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

This is a beautifully crafted performance…There’s an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.’ The Sunday Times

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Gramophone

Gramophone

Common to all Butt’s Bach is an irresistible brightness and freshness, a clarity that fascinates the ear with internal detail, and a glowing sound…this latest gift from the Dunedin Consort is one to go under the tree.’ Gramophone (December 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Early Music Review

Early Music Review

The cycle gets off to a splendid start, with the opening chorus introduced by thrillingly incisive timpani and the trumpets sequentially tumbling over themselves with excitement. In the central section luminous, madrigalian textures remind us just why one-voice-per-part seems so inevitably right for this music.’ Early Music Today (December 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

John Butt’s spruced up Christmas Oratorio has the same sense of freshness as previous releases…’ BBC Music Magazine (Christmas 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

This is a beautifully crafted performance…There’s an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.’ The Sunday Times

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Financial Times

Financial Times

‘John Butt and his Dunedin Consort’s performance gives the composer’s Christmas fare a seasonal sparkle.’ Financial Times (16 December 2016)

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Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Financial Times

Financial Times

John Butt and his Dunedin Consort’s performance gives the composer’s Christmas fare a seasonal sparkle.’ Financial Times (16 December 2016)

 

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Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – MusicWeb International

Recording of the Month

John Butt and his team have once again opened my ears to a fresh crystal-clear interpretation of Bach…Were it not too late, this would have been one of my Recordings of the Year.’ MusicWeb International (Brian Wilson, 15 December 2016)

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Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – BBC Radio 3 – Record Review

  ‘It’s exciting. It’s a real authentic sound. Joanne Lunn is a standout soprano. She’s precise and she’s warm and she makes the Echo Aria in the Fourth Cantata work…Her colleague Matthew Brook (bass), has exactly the weight and graininess for the rollicking trumpet aria in the First Cantata. It’s been well and intelligently recorded.’ BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’ (3 December 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – All Music

Butt’s solution is both clever and musically solid. Further, his mostly Scottish soloists add personality to the music and are worth hearing in themselves…This is a performance in which intelligent, small decisions cohere into a persuasive larger whole.’

AllMusic (2 December 2016)