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Matthew Passion – BachTrack Review

 

Roy Westbrook, BachTrack

‘Mulroy, probably now the leading Evangelist of his generation, was outstanding… the interpretation has matured, with a freely expressive fervour in his narration, his singing both rapt and rapturous.’

Read the full review here.

Matthew Passion – The Times Review

★★★★★

Simon Thompson, The Times

‘The quality of musicianship combined with depths of communicative insight to make this a Matthew Passion that cut straight to the heart… every line of Bach’s counterpoint was so clear you could almost touch it.’

Read the full review here.

Ich habe genug – Scherzo Review

Mariano Acero Ruilópez, Scherzo

“An album of extraordinary quality … Butt is, without a doubt, not only a great musicologist, but also one of the best Bachian conductors of the moment.”

Read the full review in the January 2022 edition of Scherzo.

Ich habe genug – Choir & Organ Review

★★★★★

Philip Reed, Choir & Organ

“This is a must-hear release.”

Read the full review in the January/February 2022 edition of Choir & Organ.

Ich habe genug – Gramophone Review

David Vickers, Gramophone

‘Every element in Ich habe genug feels just right – the compassionate tension of the soft strings’ lullaby motion, Alexandra Bellamy’s soulful oboe, tenderly realised keyboard continuo playing and cathartic fulfilment of divine promise in Matthew Brook’s endearing truthfulness.’ 

Read the full review in the December 2021 edition of Gramophone. 

Ich habe genug – Album of the week – The Sunday Times

Dan Cairns, The Sunday Times

“St Luke’s Song of Simeon rendered here with arresting simplicity and noble tone by a youthful sounding Matthew Brook.”

Selected as album of the week for week commencing 31st October 2021. 

Ich habe genug – BBC Music Magazine Review

★★★★★

Michael Beek, BBC Music Magazine

“John Butt and the Dunedins approach the scores from a scholarly angle… but it’s the heart rather than the head that informs their music-making”

Read the full review here.

Ich habe genug – MusicWeb International Review

Brian Wilson, MusicWeb International

“…the new Linn recording would be among my top two or three recommendations for each of the three cantatas which it contains.”

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Ich habe genug – The Guardian Review

★★★★★

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

“Brook’s performance, with its moments of vocal vulnerability mixed up in the beauty of it all, has an immediacy that gets to the work’s essence… a seriously uplifting recording'”

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Ich habe genug – The Times review

★★★★★

Geoff Brown, The Times

“The most touching Bach album you’ll hear this year… Butt’s intimate forces ensure winning clarity and immediate impact.”

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Ich habe genug – The Scotsman Review

★★★★★

Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman

“Nothing short of perfection…. A truly moving and beautiful disc.”

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Matthew Passion – Online Broadcast – Vox Carnyx Review

Keith Bruce, Vox Carnyx

“This is Butt’s Bach scholarship made flesh in a way that anyone coming to the work for the first time will instantly appreciate… “

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The Brandenburgs – Live at Wigmore Hall – The Times Review

Richard Morrison, The Times

” …those patterns seem to flow seamlessly without the music-making sounding mechanistic. It’s a fine line to tread. The Dunedin Consort, directed from the harpsichord by John Butt, managed it beautifully in the first movement of No 6, perhaps the least well-known concerto of the set. Here the two violas that (in the absence of violins) take unusual starring roles each phrased their lines with supple flexibility without destabilising the metre. And the combination of violas, gambas, cello and bass sounded gorgeously dark and mellow.”

Read the full review here.

Podcast: Matthew Passion

The Brandenburgs – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald

★★★★

It is as fine an example of Johann Sebastian making a delicious meal of the simplest ingredients as there is, and was followed by a joyous brisk finale by way of dessert.

Read the full review here.

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