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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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.

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Samson – Classical CD Choice Review

Graham Williams, Classical CD Choice

The performance itself is, needless to say, utterly splendid and makes the best introduction to the piece for modern listeners.

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Samson – Giornale Della Musica Review

Paolo Scarnecchia, Giornale Della Musica

The pure voices of the Tiffin Boys’ Choir blend with those of the sopranos making their texture richer and brighter.

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Samson – #13 – UK Specialist Classical Chart

We are delighted to announce that shortly after its release in late October that our recording of Handel’s Samson was ranked #13 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart of w/c November 1st 2019.

Samson – BBC Radio 3 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.

Listen to the full review here.

Samson – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald

With the Consort’s best instrumentalists in place and Linn Records’ Philip Hobbs producing, this is an immaculate, and hugely important, recording. More prizes assuredly await.

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Samson – Stretto Review

Michel Detrieue, Stretto

Don’t miss it for anything!

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Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day — Gramophone Review

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

[Carolyn Sampson’s] poised, invariably graceful contributions are among the disc’s prime pleasures: from her radiant sense of wonder in the sarabande aria ‘What passion cannot music raise and quell!’, in dialogue with Jonathan Manson’s musingly eloquent cello; through the wistful ‘The soft complaining flute’, where Sampson veils her naturally bright tone (a word, too, for Katy Bircher’s poetic flute-playing); to the scintillating coloratura of her final hornpipe aria…

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