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Magnificat – Pizzicato Supersonic Award – Pizzicato

Remy Franck, Pizzicato

Den Aufnahmetechnikern ist ein Meisterstück gelungen…Unser Tipp für die Feiertage!”

Read the full review here.

Magnificat – Top 20 Classical Recordings for 2015 – The Herald

Kate Molleson, The Herald

★★★★★

 ‘Hard to imagine a classier Christmas album.’

Acis and Galatea – Building a Library – BBC Music Magazine

Our recording of Handel’s Acis and Galatea is the BBC Music Magazine “Building a Library” choice in the November 2015 issue. Given the fantastic recording catalogue of this wonderful piece, we are delighted to have been chosen.

Magnificat – Recording of the Month – MusicWeb International

John Quinn, MusicWeb International

This is one of the most enjoyable and stimulating Bach discs to have come my way since … well, since John Butt’s account of the Johannes-Passion. The performance standards are uniformly excellent and the music is life-enhancing

Read the full review here.

Magnificat – Disc of the Week – BBC Radio 3

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3

My Disc of the Week follows the trend of beginning to think about Christmas before we’ve even made it as far as Halloween or bonfire night. It isn’t our fault though this time I promise – what else are we supposed to do when a new recording is released of the kind of quality as this new one from the Dunedin Consort, in which their music director John Butt reconstructs for us the kind of sounds you might have heard when Bach celebrated his first Christmas day vespers in Leipzig in 1723.

It’s an absolute joy – far too good to keep for Christmas, although if I have my way I’ll be reliving Bach’s first Leipzig Christmas somewhere in London on the 25th of December thanks to this fine new recording.

Matthew Passion – Best of 2014 – The Herald

We were delighted to be among The Herald’s Kate Molleson’s classical music highlights of 2014.

Dunedin Consort went from strength to strength with superlative recordings and performances…  colourful, lithe and graceful in Bach’s masterpiece Matthew Passion [for which] John Butt conducted with typically fresh, fascinating insight.

Read the article in full here.

Mozart’s Requiem – Grammy Award Nominee 2015

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.

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.

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 – BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and MusicWeb International

Our new recording of Bach’s John Passion has stormed to the top of the UK Specialist Classical Chart after its first week of release.  It is also at Number 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart.

This is another great result with the album selected as ‘Recording of the Month’ by not one, but three different publications!

Recording of the Month: ‘a dramatic, profoundly considered reading.’ ***** BBC Music Magazine

Recording of the Month: ‘…[a] perfectly paced ensemble Passion.’ Gramophone

Recording of the Month: ‘an exceptionally fine small-scale performance’ MusicWeb International

Further criticial acclaim:

‘Wonderfully pure, buoyant and transparent.’ Financial Times

‘The liturgical experience offers benefits to heart and mind.’ The Times

‘A breakthrough on Bach’s John Passion.’ The Herald

‘Historic and supremely important new recording’ The Observer

‘This Johannes Passion performance is without doubt the most involving and dramatic I have encountered.’ McAlister Matheson Music

‘The impact is huge. The architecture, emotion and implication of Bach’s music all change.’ The Big Issue

John Butt awarded the Royal College of Organists Medal

John Butt has been awarded the Royal College of Organists highest honour. He was amongst the three Medal recipients honoured at the College’s Conferment of Diplomas ceremony at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 11th March were. The three recipients were:

  • Prof. John Butt OBE, for organ playing, organ- and choral-related scholarship, and choral conducting
  • Dr Peter Hurford OBE, for organ playing, choral conducting, organ teaching, organ and choral composition, and organ-related administration
  • Mr Mark Venning, for organ building, organ-related scholarship, and organ-related administration.

Photography by RCO / Simon Jacobs

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

John Butt awarded OBE in 2013 New Year Honours List

$p.titleWe are delighted to announce that John Butt is to become an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music in Scotland.

John Butt has enjoyed so far a remarkable career in music. As a scholar, his work has been widely published and is acknowledged to be among the most original and insightful in recent years. Since 2003 his work with the Dunedin Consort has brought him and the company a host of accolades and awards, including both a Gramophone Award and Midem Awards for his recording of Handel’s Messiah in its original 1742 Dublin version. His work with the Dunedin Consort has seen the company expand from a purely vocal ensemble into Scotland’s pre-eminent baroque ensemble, one which is now in considerable demand.

John Butt says

“I am very pleased to receive this honour. It is a boost not only to me but also to the University of Glasgow and the Dunedin Consort. My work with these two exceptional organisations has allowed me to explore issues of research and performance practice in an unprecedented way. I could not have done any of the work that has led to this honour without their support but more importantly without the tireless patience of my wife Sally.”

Those who have worked with John closely will know how richly deserved this award is. His generosity, unbounded enthusiasm and contagious energy have inspired a generation of students, countless professional performers and numerous amateur musicians.    Congratulations John!

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.