John Butt: A Rightful Gramophone Award Winner – The Guardian

Philip Clark, The Guardian

‘He may be an unlikely podium hero, but [John Butt’s] recording of Mozart’s Requiem with the Dunedin Consort, complete with echoes of a 1920s jazz band, is a delight.’

Read the full article here.

Mozart’s Requiem – Gramophone Award 2014

We are delighted to announce that 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.”

Brandenburg Concertos – Best Baroque Instrumental Nominee – ICMA 2014

We are delighted to announced that our latest recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos has been nominated for the Best Baroque Instrument award in the International Classical Music Awards of 2014.

Brandenburg Concertos – MusicWeb International Review

Kirk McElhearn, MusicWeb International

‘If you love these works, you’ll be entranced by the excellent quality of the Dunedin Consort and the warm listening experience.’

Read the full review here.

Brandenburg Concertos – The Arts Desk Review

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

Butt’s impeccably prepared Bach tastes more like a warming bowl of chocolate.

Read the full review here.

Brandenburg Concertos – Bangkok Post Review

Ung-Aang Talay, Bangkok Post

You say that, as a classical collector, there are at least 74 recordings that you need to buy before investing in yet another version of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos? That you already have a version of choice (possibly Alessandrini’s or Gardiner’s most recent account), or maybe several, that aren’t likely to be superseded in your affections any time soon?  Listen to a few excerpts from this set on the Linn Records website and you may decide that there is still room on your culture shelf for one more set.    […]   But the sound of the Studio Master recordings is absolutely spectacular, with the presence of the instruments almost tangible.

Read the full review here.

John Passion – Gramophone Award Nominee

Our recording of Bach’s John Passion within a liturgical reconstruction has been nominated for a prestigious Gramophone within the Baroque Vocal category.

We are delighted by this nomination and want to once again thank all our supporters, musicians and customers for their support. We could not have done it without you.

John Passion – Recording of the Month March 2013 – Gramophone

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

Matthew Passion – The Scotsman Review

David Chillingworth, The Scotsman

I was taken unawares. We don’t expect to be “shaken and stirred” by anything religious these days. Bored perhaps, but not turned inside out as I was…

Full article on www.scotsman.com

Dunedin’s Messiah and Matthew Passion – Recommended by BBC Music Magazine

We would naturally recommend our own recordings of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Matthew Passion, but are always delighted when others agree with us. A special edition from BBC Music Magazine focusing on the lives and essential works of The Great Composers lists both our Messiah and Matthew Passion as the recommended recordings.

Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Matthew Passion represent two fundamental pillars of the Western European music tradition. Our recording of Handel’s Messiah won the Gramophone Award in 2007 for best baroque vocal recording and a MIDEM award. Bach’s Matthew Passion is not short of accolades receiving the best recording 2008 by High Fidelity magazine.

Dunedin’s success on both the platform and the recording market is testament to the passion and commitment of our artists.

Dunedin Consort – #11 – Gramophone’s International Choir Ranking 2010

It is with great pleasure and surprise that we announce that the Dunedin Consort has been ranked as #11 in 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?

B Minor Mass – Editor’s Choice – Gramophone

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“.

“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

Messiah – Gramophone Award 2007

David Vickers, Gramophone

[…] the freshest, most natural, revelatory and transparently joyful Messiah I have heard for a very long time.