Recording of the Month:
This Christmas Oratorio is another mightily successful feather in [Butt’s] cap. His small but perfectly formed team of experts, make a crack team when it comes to this music…there is a tremendous sense of excitement in this performance. A marvellous seasonal gift.’
MusicWeb International (Simon Thompson, 2 December 2016)
Dunedin Consort featured in many reviewers’ favourites of 2014. Here are Kate Molleson‘s choices for 2014.
The Dunedin Consort went from strength to strength with superlative recordings and performances
St Matthew Passion at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. The Dunedin Consort sounded colourful, lithe and gracefully spacious in Bach’s masterpiece; John Butt conducted with typically fresh, fascinating insight.
We are thrilled to report that – in addition to the coveted Gramophone award we received in September – our recording of Mozart: Requiem has been nominated in the category of ‘Best Choral Performance’ for the 57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.
Commonly referred to as the ‘Oscars in Classical Music’, the Gramophone Awards represent the most prestigious annual competition in the international record market.
We are proud to announce our latest recording of Mozart’s Requiem has won a Gramophone Award under the Choral category!
John Butt, Music Director, had this to say on the announcement:
“I am absolutely delighted to hear that the Dunedin Consort has won another Gramophone Award, complementing our success with Messiah in 2007. We are exceptionally fortunate in having an absolutely superlative team of soloists, choir and instrumentalists, the most supportive board and management we could hope for, and, of course, the unsurpassed work of Linn Records at every level of production. This success is also a wonderful reflection of our generous Scottish supporters and donors, in a particularly crucial year for the country.”
Gramophone has awarded the Dunedin Consort’s gripping new performance of Bach’s ‘John Passion’ its highest accolade naming it ‘Recording of the Month’ in the March issue of the magazine!
This new recording marks the first time on record listeners can experience the Passion within its original liturgical context and features a star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Robert Davies, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson.
‘…the increasingly impressive Nicholas Mulroy’s alert, lightly coloured Evangelist strikes a balance in which declamation and lyricism are equally ardent and equally touching, while Matthew Brook is a supple and authoritative Christus.’ Gramophone
Fans of Dunedin Consort will know that director John Butt is a master at using historical context to shine new light upon well-known choral works. Recreated for this recording is a Good Friday Vesper liturgy of a passion performance as it would have occurred during Bach’s time at Leipzig.
‘…naturalness and emotional honesty are what emerge from this tight-knit and perfectly paced ensemble Passion, in which Bach’s complex succession of recitatives, arias, choruses and chorales has surely seldom sounded so convincingly of a piece.’ Gramophone
Passion Tour Dates:
Wed 13th March at 7.30pm Aberdeen Music Hall John Passion Book Now Thu 14th March at 8pm Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow John Passion Book Now Sun 17th March at 3pm The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh Matthew Passion Book Now Mon 18th March at 7.30pm St John’s Kirk, Perth John Passion Book Now
16 December 2010
It is with great pleasure and surprise that we announce that the Dunedin Consort has been ranked as no. 11 in The Gramophone Magazine’s recent search for the top 20 choirs of the world. This follows on from a similar survey last year of the top orchestras in the world, which featured only one British orchestra. This time British groups dominate the list, with the Monteverdi Choir taking the top spot. Placed ahead of such world-famous institutions as King’s College Choir, the Tallis Scholars and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Dunedin is clearly established as a key player on the world stage. Some might be surprised that we are counted as a choir at all, since the group consists of a constantly changing format of singers and instrumentalists, according to the requirements of the music concerned; the ‘choir’ element often comprises only four or five voices. Might we even be able to claim that we are the highest ranking ‘non-choir’ on the list?
The award-winning Dunedin Consort’s “spine-tingling” new album ‘J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor’ has just been named ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the latest issue of Gramophone Magazine. This wonderful double album features the premiere recording of the Breitkopf & Härtel Edition of Bach’s popular mass edited by Joshua Rifkin in 2006. Director John Butt and the Dunedin Consort make this both a revealing, historically accurate soloist-led performance and a truly groundbreaking recording.
This recording has been very highly praised by the critics who have described it as “definitive“, “sensational” and “powerful“.
“Editor’s Choice” Gramophone “Surely no other recording of Bach’s B Minor Mass bounces along with such joy as this.” The Times “It’s sensational. It’s a knockout. Another award winner, perhaps?” The Herald “You can really lose yourself in this performance.” ClassicsToday.com “[The] performance is powerful and beautifully shaped.” Sunday Times “This constantly changing texture makes us listen afresh to the beauty of Bach’s astonishing vocal writing.. A definitive recording.” The Observer “Spine-tingling…an excellent recording.” International Record Review