Tag Archive for: The Arts Desk

Bach Orchestral Suites – The Arts Desk Review

★★★★★

Simon Thompson, The Arts Desk

‘each movement swung and flickered as though it was freshly written’

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Out Of Her Mouth – The Arts Desk Review

★★★★

Miranda Heggie, The Arts Desk

‘synergy between instrumentalists and singers was secure and sensitive’

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Handel in Rome – The Arts Desk Review

★★★★★

David Nice, The Arts Desk

‘The Dunedins are as classy as said guest, Nardus Williams: both are poised, focused and capable of an amazing range of nuance in works which might seem relatively straightforward.’

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Mozart C Minor Mass – The Arts Desk Review

★★★★

Simon Thompson, The Arts Desk

‘Star sopranos steal the show in a C Minor Mass of magisterial power’

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Messiah – The Arts Desk Review

★★★★

Simon Thompson, The Arts Desk

‘Almost every city in the UK has its annual Christmas Messiah, but there can’t be any as stylish or as polished as this one.’

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Dido’s Ghost – Buxton International Festival – The Arts Desk Review

★★★★★

Robert Beale, The Arts Desk

“It’s a stimulating piece of creation and adaptation, done to a very high standard indeed, and may even be remembered as one of the most striking and original artistic products of the Covid era.”

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How Lonely Sits the City – Online Broadcast – The Arts Desk Review

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

★★★★ 

“… If you’re after something to stimulate and soothe, a concert so thoughtfully programmed and lovingly presented that it’s almost as good as being back in the hall, then the Dunedin Consort have the answer.”

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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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Bach’s Multiple Concertos – Edinburgh International Festival – The Arts Desk

David Nice, The Arts Desk
★★★★

You had to wait for the four to come to the fore – or for one of them, in the case of the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, where Egarr eventually went wild in his first-movement cadenza. He also charmingly introduced the arrangement of the Italian Concerto as essentially for two players, with the other two “jamming” in a Graingeresque “dishing up”. It was a delight

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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.’

Brandenburg Concertos – The Arts Desk Review

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

Butt’s impeccably prepared Bach tastes more like a warming bowl of chocolate.

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