Requiem Aeternam – Seen and Heard International Review

Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International

With such beautiful singing and, particularly, intelligent programming, every component of this programme was exquisitely formed…

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Requiem Aeternam – The Herald Review

Keith Bruce, The Herald

★★★★

… the variety of tonal colour this group of singers blended to produce made an otherwise very full and often fascinating sound.

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Requiem Aeternam – The Scotsman Review

David Kettle, The Scotsman

★★★★★

An exceptional evening of music, deeply thoughtful, compassionate and nourishing.

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Samson – Planet Hugill Review

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

★★★★★

Butt’s thoughtful and intelligent response to Handel’s music gradually seemed to be most natural and created a finely satisfying whole … a profound response to Handel’s music and Milton and Newburgh Hamilton’s words.

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Prom 71 – Bach Night – The Times Review

Neil Fisher, The Times

★★★★

‘There was a frisson from hearing period instruments used in such unexpected ways… [Butt’s] lively tempos produced plenty of lithe, energetic playing, and enough body in the strings to bring the music out into the vastness of the space. ‘

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Prom 71 – Bach Night – Classical Source Review

Andrew Neill, Classical Source

The Consort, with a strength for the Royal Albert Hall of over forty, provided a glorious, rounded, sound without compromising leanness.

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Prom 71 – Bach Night – Seen and Heard International Review

Agnes Kory, Seen and Heard International

‘The most astonishing aspect of this concert was the unity of players within each section, and the unity of the newly commissioned Bach companion pieces with their designated Suites… the oneness of the flutes gave an extraordinary demonstration… I heard only one while my eyes saw all three. The virtuoso movements of the Bourrées and the final Badinerie are hard enough for one player but three players blending their virtuosity to such extent is mind-blowing.’

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Lammermuir Festival – Opening Concert – The Herald

Keith Brown, The Herald

★★★★

[Dunedin Consort] play baroque music with a vivacity few can match.

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Lammermuir Festival – Opening Concert – The Times Review

Simon Thompson, The Times

★★★★★

John Butt conducts Bach’s eternal masterpieces as though the music were the elixir of life. Silky strings, spicy winds and raucous horns gave the music a colour that any baroque ensemble would envy, and Cecilia Bernardini’s violin solo in two Vivaldi concertos flowed in and out of the ensemble with organic flexibility.

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Lammermuir Festival – Prestongrange Church – The Scotsman Review

Ken Walton, The Scotsman

★★★★★

Joy, passion and precision… it was as though Butt and his players were rediscovering this well-known music afresh all over again, and taking their listeners with them

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Lammermuir Festival – The Telegraph Review

Rupert Christiansen, Ivan Hewett, John Allison & David Kettle, The Telegraph

★★★★★

Dunedin Consort’s four-concert survey of Bach and Vivaldi might have seemed like a safe choice, but they imbued their playing with such wild energy and variety that it was anything but.

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Bach Harpsichord Concertos – Edinburgh International Festival – Scotsman Review

Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman
★★★★★

To hear Bach played on an instrument from the world-class collection at St Cecilia’s Hall offers a privileged glimpse into how the composer’s music might have sounded at the time.
…Suzuki’s hands moved seamlessly between the two manuals adding to the drama of this richly scored work. The accompanying period instruments produced a lively orchestral sound centred around the dynamic viola interactions with the harpsichord.

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Bach Harpsichord Concertos 5 – Edinburgh International Festival – The Scotsman

Carol Main, The Scotsman
★★★★

Possibly, for a concerto soloist, the only thing worse than breaking your glasses just before heading to the platform, is finding out that the glue used to fix them hasn’t worked.

Even in the face of such adversity, the show went on at St Cecilia’s Hall on Tuesday with harpsichordist Richard Egarr valiantly leading instrumentalists of the Dunedin Consort from the solo seat in Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in E major.

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Bach Harpsichord Concertos 1 – Edinburgh International Festival – The Scotsman

Ken Walton, The Scotsman
★★★★

Is there a venue more perfect for this 5-concert series of Bach’s Keyboard Concertos than the intimate 18th century St Cecila’s Hall?

Required to top it off are musicians and performances of equal calibre, which is what began to emerge as duelling harpsichordists Mahan Esfahani and Aapo Häkkinen, along with with members of the Dunedin Consort, opened the series with Bach’s solo Concerto in D and Double Concerto in C minor.

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Bach Harpsichord Concertos 2 – Edinburgh International Festival – The Scotsman

Ken Walton, The Scotsman
★★★★

The “new” material, he added, came from a 1726 cantata bearing the same theme, so the task was to do “what Bach would have done” and “turn it into a harpsichord concerto”. The result was largely convincing, strangely scored (by Bach) for supporting oboe, strings and continuo, but distinctive in this performance for the deliciously ripe oboe playing of Jasu Moisio.

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