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Acis & Galatea - Review Herald

23 September 2014

Kate Molleson *****

Dunbar Parish Church - Lammermuir Festival - 21 Sept 2014

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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Acis & Galatea - Review Bachtrack

23 September 2014

Alan Coady ****

Dunbar Parish Church - Lammermuir Festival - 21 Sept 2014

The brisk Sinfonia suggested an energetic, committed performance. Control of dynamics was literally vital, moments of sudden quiet allowing further urgent build up. [...]

What I loved in this closing performance of the fifth Lammermuir Festival, was that everyone looked delighted to be taking part. When not actively involved the singers and musicians seemed genuinely to be enjoying the contribution of others as much as we were.

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Brandenburg Concertos - Review Music Web International

10 December 2013

'If you love these works, you'll be entranced by the excellent quality of the Dunedin Consort and the warm listening experience'

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Kirk McElhearn

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The Arts Desk - Bach Brandenburg Concertos Review

25 October 2013

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

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by Graham Rickson 

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Bangkok Post - Brandenburg Concertos Review

04 October 2013

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You say that, as a classical collector, there are at least 74 recordings that you need to buy before investing in yet another version of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos? That you already have a version of choice (possibly Alessandrini's or Gardiner's most recent account), or maybe several, that aren't likely to be superseded in your affections any time soon?  Listen to a few excerpts from this set on the Linn Records website and you may decide that there is still room on your culture shelf for one more set. 
 
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But the sound of the Studio Master recordings is absolutely spectacular, with the presence of the instruments almost tangible. 
 
Ung-Aang Talay for the Bangkok Post
 

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BBC Music Magazine - Six Brandenburg Concertos *****

01 October 2013

'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.'

"it is the sixth concerto, though, that has stolen my heart with its ravishing viola playing, intimately expressive second movement and lightly, crisply bowed finale."

Nicholas Anderson

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BBC Radio 3 - CD Review - Brandenburgs

01 October 2013

‘…after the timeless, instrumental brilliance of Johann Sebastian Bach. And following their critically acclaimed recording of the John Passion earlier this year, the Dunedin Consort has turned to the Brandenburg Concertos.’

‘I found that to be a beautifully balanced performance that works in a way that works across all six sets of Brandenburgs in this new set from the Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt. They weren’t going for the extreme tempos as some of the Baroque specialists who’ve recorded them in recent years. The soloists are excellent and well integrated with the rest of the ensemble so they weave in and out instead of standing forward for the whole thing, even the trumpeter in the second concerto, David Blackadder.  Decoration is sensitively applied.  The recording itself is rich, detailed and has impressive depth in the bass; it’s a really nice feeling. If you’ve found the impetuous pace of some ensembles a little over the top, then this intimate, measured and yet always joyful appraisal of the Brandenburgs ought to work as a real refresher.’

Andrew McGregor

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Gramophone - Editor's Choice - Six Brandenburg Concertos

30 September 2013

Notwhithstanding the distinguished Brandenburg discography, this set is nothing short of sensational.

David Vickers.

Awards Issue 2013

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Herald - Six Brandenburgs Concertos

15 September 2013

CRISP, freshly thought and very carefully realised without loss of apparent spontaneity - that's my take on the brand-new Linn recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos from John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, their first all-instrumental recording for the label.

Michael Tumelty

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The Guardian - Six Brandenburg Concertos *****

11 September 2013

As an example of what modern baroque practice and top-class musicianship can bring to these hugely familiar works, this set is exceptional'

Andrew Clements

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