How Lonely Sits the City – Online Broadcast – Andrew Benson-Wilson Review

Andrew Benson-Wilson

“One of the finest of the many online concerts available during the Covid calamity comes from the Edinburgh based Dunedin Consort.”

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How Lonely Sits the City – Online Broadcast – The Scotsman Review

David Kettle, The Scotsman

★★★★★

“… this is a considered, thoughtful concert, captured in CD-quality sound, that feels consoling and inspiring in equal measure.”

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How Lonely Sits the City – Online Broadcast – Vox Carnyx Review

Keith Bruce, Vox Carnyx

“… Dunedin has never sounded better, and that is a high bar to reach.”

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How Lonely Sits the City – Online Broadcast – The Arts Desk Review

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

★★★★ 

“… If you’re after something to stimulate and soothe, a concert so thoughtfully programmed and lovingly presented that it’s almost as good as being back in the hall, then the Dunedin Consort have the answer.”

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Nature’s Voice – Online Broadcast – Vox Carnyx Review

Keith Bruce, Vox Carnyx

“If [Rowan Pierce] was the obvious star turn of the concert – just as assured in Handel’s ‘Hush, ye pretty warbling choir’, from Acis and Galatea, and the closing ‘Sweet Bird’, from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato – there was quality everywhere in the ensemble.”

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Nature’s Voice – Online Broadcast – The Times Review

Simon Thompson, The Times

★★★★★

“As much commitment as if the church had been packed to the rafters… One advantage of the expertly constructed video is that you get to see the players closer than in the flesh. Nowhere is that more engaging than with director John Butt, who works his magic from the keyboard, every gesture communicating love for the music and joy in the moment… Add soprano Rowan Pierce and you’ve got something pretty special. Pierce’s voice, simultaneously pure and rich, is one to lose yourself in.”

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EIF – Chamber Music Soundscapes – The Scotsman Review

Ken Walton, The Scotsman

★★★★

“…the intellectual inevitability of Bach’s genius intoxicatingly captured by the Dunedin’s effortless fluidity.”

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Lammermuir Festival – Purcell: Songes & Ayres – BachTrack Review

Linda Holt, Bachtrack

★★★★★

The star of this gentle program of “songes and ayres” was soprano Mhairi Lawson, whose sparkling eyes and winning smile were exceeded in appeal only by a voice of limitless charm and purity.

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Lammermuir Festival – Purcell: Songes & Ayres – Seen & Heard International Review

Simon Thompson, Seen & Heard International

Dunedin programmes are always inventive affairs, and this one showed not just a creative choice of repertoire, but joy taken in the variety of what was on offer, crowned by Mhairi Lawson’s shining soprano which gave the songs star quality

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Samson – Los Excepcionales – Scherzo

We are delighted that our latest release, Handel’s Samson, has been listed as a highly recommended recording in Scherzo magazine for March 2020.

Samson – Scherzo Review

Eduardo Torrico, Scherzo

John Butt gathers a glittering vocal cast … the orchestra is dazzling, as usual in the case of the Dunedin Consort.

Read the full review in the March issue of Scherzo.

Samson – Choir & Organ Review

Philip Reed, Choir & Organ

★★★★★

Together with outstanding orchestral playing…, this complete recording of Handel’s first version of Samson is highly recommended.

Read the full review in the February edition of Choir & Organ magazine.

The Brandenburgs – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald

★★★★

It is as fine an example of Johann Sebastian making a delicious meal of the simplest ingredients as there is, and was followed by a joyous brisk finale by way of dessert.

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The Brandenburgs – Seen and Heard International Review

Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International

The orchestral transparency led to an exquisitely balanced unity so that there was never any musical grandstanding, but instead a lovely sense of pulling together.

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Samson – All Music Review

James Manheim, All Music

The momentum holds up over the entire long version: the album is well recorded by Linn… this is both an important and an enjoyable Handel recording.

Read the full review here.