Magnificat Recording – The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk

This disc’s academic credentials are impeccable, but my reasons for loving it are purely musical; John Butt’s Bach programme allows us to party as if it was, er, 1723… Essential listening.’

Magnificat – Classical MPR Review

Jodi Gustafson, Classical MPR

The effect is reverent and seamless. The musicianship of the singers and the players is flawless, and it’s interesting to hear the works in their historical context.’

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Magnificat – Pizzicato Supersonic Award – Pizzicato

Remy Franck, Pizzicato

Den Aufnahmetechnikern ist ein Meisterstück gelungen…Unser Tipp für die Feiertage!”

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Magnificat – Top 20 Classical Recordings for 2015 – The Herald

Kate Molleson, The Herald


 ‘Hard to imagine a classier Christmas album.’

Magnificat – YLE Kassinen Review

‘Sekä Magnificat että joulukantaatti ovat säihkyvän jouluisia teoksia, joissa trumpetit raikaavat ja patarummut jylisevät. Toki sijansa saa myös hempeä joulutunteilu

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Magnificat – Financial Times Review


It is a brilliant deal: 21st-century listeners get all of Bach’s glorious music associated with December 25 1723, performed with zest and imagination, without having to sit through the sermon.

Read the full review in the December 2015 edition of the Financial Times.

Magnificat – Rondo Magazine

Michael Dersin, Rondo Magazine


Unter diesen Bedingungen kann auch das bekannte Magnificat in seiner gleißend hellen Es-Dur-Fassung nur eine Freude sein – diese Erwartung bestätigt sich beim Hören: Das ist sehr, sehr wohltuend.”

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Magnificat – Review

Die Illusion funktioniert: Man fühlt sich unmittelbar in die besondere Stimmung einer festlichen Vesper hineinversetzt. Butt und sein Ensemble erweisen sich (zum wiederholten Male) als akkurate Spurensucher, die die Unmittelbarkeit des historischen Kontexts für den heutigen Hörer wieder erfahrbar machen.

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Magnificat – Classical CD Choice Review

Barry Forshaw, Classical CD Choice

‘Quite possibly the most persuasive version of Bach’s Magnificat you are likely to hear in modern times.

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Magnificat – Sinfini Music Review

Andrew Stewart, Sinfini Music

There are so many good things about this recording that it’s hard to know where to start. I could listen to Clare Wilkinson sing the first recitative from Bach’s Christmas Cantata BWV 63 all day and still be held by her individuality and insight. Everyone involved – from the compact vocal consort and ace period-instrument players to the cohort of congregational singers – pour heart and soul into their work.


I’ve heard nothing finer all year.

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Acis and Galatea – Building a Library – BBC Music Magazine

Our recording of Handel’s Acis and Galatea is the BBC Music Magazine “Building a Library” choice in the November 2015 issue. Given the fantastic recording catalogue of this wonderful piece, we are delighted to have been chosen.

Magnificat – The Irish Times

Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

The scene is set for music-making that’s lucid and festive, captured in sound that’s both intimate and full. A spirited Christmas celebration with a difference.

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Magnificat – Recording of the Month – MusicWeb International

John Quinn, MusicWeb International

This is one of the most enjoyable and stimulating Bach discs to have come my way since … well, since John Butt’s account of the Johannes-Passion. The performance standards are uniformly excellent and the music is life-enhancing

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Magnificat – Disc of the Week – BBC Radio 3

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3

My Disc of the Week follows the trend of beginning to think about Christmas before we’ve even made it as far as Halloween or bonfire night. It isn’t our fault though this time I promise – what else are we supposed to do when a new recording is released of the kind of quality as this new one from the Dunedin Consort, in which their music director John Butt reconstructs for us the kind of sounds you might have heard when Bach celebrated his first Christmas day vespers in Leipzig in 1723.

It’s an absolute joy – far too good to keep for Christmas, although if I have my way I’ll be reliving Bach’s first Leipzig Christmas somewhere in London on the 25th of December thanks to this fine new recording.

Magnificat – The Scotsman Review

Ken Walton, The Scotsman


Its contextual placement within a liturgical sequence […] is revelatory. The musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class, and it’s made in Scotland.

Read the full review here.