Magnificat Recording – AllMusic


the end result is a Bach performance that is original in concept and satisfying in details.

Magnificat Recording – Early Music Today, Editors Choice

Early Music Today – Editor’s Choice *****

Rarely, very rarely, a recording comes along that because of its content and level of performance seems to be hors concours. This is just such a recording

Magnificat Recording – BBC Music Magazine Choral and Song Choice

BBC Music Magazine *****

Choral & Song Choice:

‘What follows is a holistically conceived, beautifully paced, exhilarating executed performance.’

BBC Music Magazine (Christmas 2015)

Magnificat Recording Gramophone Magazine – Editor’s Choice

Gramophone Magazine – Editor’s Choice (December 2015)

‘Another intriguing and excellently performed project from Butt and his Dunedin Consort: a delightful recreation of what Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig might well have sounded like.’

Magnificat Recording The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

His quintet of soloists are brilliant illusionists, sounding like a crowd in Omnes Generationes

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 Recording – Classical MPR

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.’

Magnificat Recording – Pizzicato supersonic award


Supersonic Award:

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

Pizzicato (16 December 2015)

Magnificat Recording – Herald Scotland Top 20 Classical Recordings for 2015

Herald Scotland Top 20 Classical Recordings for 2015: *****

 ‘Hard to imagine a classier Christmas album.’

Magnificat Recording – YLE Kassinen

‘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 Recording – Financial Times

Financial Times *****

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.

Financial Times (Christmas 2015)

Magnificat Recording – 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.”

Rondo Magazine 28 Nov 2015

Magnificat Recording –

,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 Recording – Classical CD Choice

Classical CD Choice

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

Sinfini Music – I’ve heard nothing finer all year

Sinfini Music – Reviews

Andrew Stewart

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.