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Lammermuir Festival – Madrigals of Love, Loss & War – The National Review

Mark Brown, The National

“The passionate commitment of the songs demands great dexterity, both of singers and musicians, and the Dunedin Consort has that virtuosic agility in spades.”

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Lammermuir Festival – Madrigals of Love, Loss & War – The Guardian Review

★★★★

Rowena Smith, The Guardian

“… an interesting, imaginative programme brought to life in a vivid performance from the singers and instrumentalists of the Dunedin Consort.”

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Lammermuir Festival – Purcell: Songes & Ayres – BachTrack Review

Linda Holt, Bachtrack

★★★★★

The star of this gentle program of “songes and ayres” was soprano Mhairi Lawson, whose sparkling eyes and winning smile were exceeded in appeal only by a voice of limitless charm and purity.

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Lammermuir Festival – Purcell: Songes & Ayres – Seen & Heard International Review

Simon Thompson, Seen & Heard International

Dunedin programmes are always inventive affairs, and this one showed not just a creative choice of repertoire, but joy taken in the variety of what was on offer, crowned by Mhairi Lawson’s shining soprano which gave the songs star quality

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Lammermuir Festival – Opening Concert – The Herald

Keith Brown, The Herald

★★★★

[Dunedin Consort] play baroque music with a vivacity few can match.

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Lammermuir Festival – Opening Concert – The Times Review

Simon Thompson, The Times

★★★★★

John Butt conducts Bach’s eternal masterpieces as though the music were the elixir of life. Silky strings, spicy winds and raucous horns gave the music a colour that any baroque ensemble would envy, and Cecilia Bernardini’s violin solo in two Vivaldi concertos flowed in and out of the ensemble with organic flexibility.

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Lammermuir Festival – Prestongrange Church – The Scotsman Review

Ken Walton, The Scotsman

★★★★★

Joy, passion and precision… it was as though Butt and his players were rediscovering this well-known music afresh all over again, and taking their listeners with them

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Lammermuir Festival – The Telegraph Review

Rupert Christiansen, Ivan Hewett, John Allison & David Kettle, The Telegraph

★★★★★

Dunedin Consort’s four-concert survey of Bach and Vivaldi might have seemed like a safe choice, but they imbued their playing with such wild energy and variety that it was anything but.

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Monteverdi Vespers – Lammermuir Festival

The Herald *****

 

This richness and variety shone through in this superbly stylish and joyful performance from Dunedin Consort and His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts directed from the organ by John Butt. The Vespers is a lengthy work, but here delivered with the Consort’s trademark energy, the momentum was never allowed to falter… All told this was an exhilarating performance and it was rapturously received by the capacity audience in St Mary’s.

 

Full review here

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