Entries by Dunedin Consort

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.’ […]

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – MusicWeb International

  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) Full […]

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Infodad

This [recording] is transcendent, in the sense that it encapsulates the meaning of Christmas…there are ample reasons to turn again and again [to it] for enjoyment inextricably woven with enlightenment.’ InfoDad (1 December 2016) http://transcentury.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/tis-more-than-season.html

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Scotsman

John Butt’s Dunedin Consort does it again. This red hot interpretation of the six cantatas that make up Bach’s Christmas Oratorio holds the attention from the word go. The opening chorus, Jauchzet frohlocket, hits you like a lightning bolt, Butt’s infectious energy and exhilarating musicianship infusing Bach’s joyous music with utterly compelling brilliance.’ The Scotsman […]

Bach Christmas Oratorio Review – Europadisc

Featured Album In Newsletter & Review: ‘Above all, it’s the sense of committed yet un-posturing devotion and sheer joy that makes this performance so extraordinarily successful. Beautifully recorded and presented, and fastidiously researched, it’s hard to imagine the Christmas Oratorio being better served than this.’ Europadisc (21 October 2016)

Playing with History again

In May 2016 John Butt gave a keynote speech for the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute for the “Historical Performance: Theory, Practice and Interdisciplinary” conference. This article is a transcript of the keynote and considers the historical approach to musical performance since the publication of his book “Playing with History” in 2002.