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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.

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Messiah – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald

★★★★

It is not just the singers, but also the fine continuo players, and pitch-perfect baroque strings, led by Huw Daniel, who all have distinct, audible and individual contributions to make in a Dunedin Consort performance of Handel’s masterpiece…

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Requiem Aeternam – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald

★★★★

… the variety of tonal colour this group of singers blended to produce made an otherwise very full and often fascinating sound.

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Samson – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald

With the Consort’s best instrumentalists in place and Linn Records’ Philip Hobbs producing, this is an immaculate, and hugely important, recording. More prizes assuredly await.

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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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Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – The Herald Review

The work packs a powerful punch in these hands, and nowhere more so than when Bostridge combines with the chorus in the aria hymning “the double, double, double beat/Of the thund’ring drum”.

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Magnificat – Top 20 Classical Recordings for 2015 – The Herald

Kate Molleson, The Herald

★★★★★

 ‘Hard to imagine a classier Christmas album.’

East Neuk Festival – The Herald Review

Kate Molleson, The Herald

The hunting horns were heroically ballsy, swinging the cross-rhythms to make the music really dance, and a breezy charisma from all players on stage made for lively, conversational music making

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Coffee and Enlightenment – The Herald Review

Kate Molleson, The Herald

[…] balancing gutsy panache and pristine, shapely definition in Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite. Cantatas 165 and 31 featured excellent singing from Matthew Brook, Thomas Hobbs, Rachel Redmond and Clare Wilkinson.

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Matthew Passion – Best of 2014 – The Herald

We were delighted to be among The Herald’s Kate Molleson’s classical music highlights of 2014.

Dunedin Consort went from strength to strength with superlative recordings and performances…  colourful, lithe and graceful in Bach’s masterpiece Matthew Passion [for which] John Butt conducted with typically fresh, fascinating insight.

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Acis & Galatea – The Herald Review

Kate Molleson, The Herald

★★★★★

Don’t let anyone tell you Acis and Galatea is too vapid for decent drama, nor that an opera in concert performance can’t be properly entertaining. What little plot there is to Handel’s 1718 pastoral mini-opera involves a nymph, a shepherd and an evil monster, all lifted from book eight of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Usually a performance is worth sitting through for its gorgeous music alone: this concise little two-acter contains some of Handel’s most irresistible tunes.

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