“splendidly vital playing and singing” – Oslo International Church Music Festival

“Dunedin’s splendidly vital playing and singing (a superb soloist trio) was liberating at this time of year, when winter’s long darkness hopefully gives way to light.”

Olav Egil Aune, Vårt Land, 28.03.17

Mozart Requiem – Oslo International Church Music Festival

“John Butt conducted the Dunedin Consort – choir, orchestra and soloists – in a remarkable performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Where the Balthasar choir was refined, and Tenebrae perfectly tuned, Dunedin sounded intense, passionate and outgoing.”

Emil Bernhardt, Morgenbladet, 31.03.17

Monteverdi Madrigals – The Scotsman*****

‘This performance of a selection of steamy, love-related madrigals by the Dunedin Consort, directed by tenor Nicholas Mulroy, was both technically astounding and profoundly moving… Accompanied by the theorbo, Mulroy almost made torment sound pleasurable in the jaunty triple-time Si dolce è ‘l tormento, which could easily pass for a pop song today. Monteverdi constantly pushes his singers out of their comfort zones, well beyond the ranges we would recognise today, and these outstanding singers delivered every note with aplomb.   Read the full review >>>

Dunedin Consort Recordings in the Christmas Charts!

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – BBC Radio 3

‘Absolutely love that recording…the whole recording is absolutely glittering. There’s that sense of really infectious energy that hits you on this recording from the off…Let’s hear some more of what promises to be one the essential recordings of the year.’ BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ (1 November 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – AUDIOphile Pearls

Entfaltet der anerkannte Bach-Dirigent Transparenz, Drive und große Textverständlichkeit. Musikalisch ist Butts federnder, tänzerischer Ansatz fraglos reizvoll.” AUDIO (January 2017)

 

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

This is a beautifully crafted performance…There’s an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.’ The Sunday Times

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Gramophone

Gramophone

Common to all Butt’s Bach is an irresistible brightness and freshness, a clarity that fascinates the ear with internal detail, and a glowing sound…this latest gift from the Dunedin Consort is one to go under the tree.’ Gramophone (December 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Early Music Review

Early Music Review

The cycle gets off to a splendid start, with the opening chorus introduced by thrillingly incisive timpani and the trumpets sequentially tumbling over themselves with excitement. In the central section luminous, madrigalian textures remind us just why one-voice-per-part seems so inevitably right for this music.’ Early Music Today (December 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

John Butt’s spruced up Christmas Oratorio has the same sense of freshness as previous releases…’ BBC Music Magazine (Christmas 2016)

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

This is a beautifully crafted performance…There’s an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.’ The Sunday Times

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Financial Times

Financial Times

‘John Butt and his Dunedin Consort’s performance gives the composer’s Christmas fare a seasonal sparkle.’ Financial Times (16 December 2016)

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Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Financial Times

Financial Times

John Butt and his Dunedin Consort’s performance gives the composer’s Christmas fare a seasonal sparkle.’ Financial Times (16 December 2016)

 

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Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – MusicWeb International

Recording of the Month

John Butt and his team have once again opened my ears to a fresh crystal-clear interpretation of Bach…Were it not too late, this would have been one of my Recordings of the Year.’ MusicWeb International (Brian Wilson, 15 December 2016)

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Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – BBC Radio 3 – Record Review

  ‘It’s exciting. It’s a real authentic sound. Joanne Lunn is a standout soprano. She’s precise and she’s warm and she makes the Echo Aria in the Fourth Cantata work…Her colleague Matthew Brook (bass), has exactly the weight and graininess for the rollicking trumpet aria in the First Cantata. It’s been well and intelligently recorded.’ BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’ (3 December 2016)