Messiah – G.F. Handel
Dublin Version, 1742
2007 Classic FM Gramophone Awards Winner - Baroque Vocal category and MIDEM Classical Music Awards Winner - Baroque Category
- The Dunedin Consort and Players
- John Butt, director
- Susan Hamilton, soprano
- Annie Gill, contralto
- Clare Wilkinson, contralto
- Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
- Matthew Brook, bass
At the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Awards the Dunedin Consort's celebrated recording Messiah on Linn Records was named WINNER of the "Baroque Vocal" category. John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort, said,
"I'm absolutely delighted that this recording has been so well received. There was always a risk in trying to recreate something of the spirit of a specific performance, with some unusual versions and a balance of soloists and chorus quite unlike most recordings of Messiah. But we were exceptionally fortunate in having our very best performers and, of course, the superlative sound and production of Linn. In all, a tribute to all those supporters who thought it worth sponsoring this recording - their generous hunch has certainly paid off."
Shortly after its release in November 2006 the album was hailed as
"the freshest, most natural, revelatory and transparently joyful Messiah I have heard for a very long time" - Gramophone.
"Messiah" was Linn's fastest selling album of 2006 and was described in many publications as the top choice Messiah for 2006. The recording was given four stars by The Times, The Guardian and BBC Music Magazine, chosen as "Album of the Day" on AllMusic.com and selected in The Scotsman's "Top Ten classical music moments of 2006".
The recording was subsidised by the Scottish Arts Council.
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