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Samson – Editor’s Choice – Gramophone

Martin Cullingford, Gramophone

John Butt really does excel at these explorations of monumental major works; the performance is wonderful, while the level of historical and musical enquiry further enriches our appreciation.

Samson – Critics’ Choice – Gramophone

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

Today… I’m plumping for Samson: for its superb solo team… its thrillingly immediate choral singing, and the mingled gravitas and theatrical urgency of John Butt’s direction.

Read the full review in the December issue of Gramophone.

Samson – Gramophone Review

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

This new Samson now becomes the top recommendation: for its uniformly excellent soloists, its excitingly ‘present’ choral singing, and above all, its urgent sense of theatre.

Read the full review in the December issue of Gramophone.

Samson – Critics’ Choice – Gramophone

David Vickers, Gramophone

It is unprecedented for an unabridged Samson to nail its enigmatic challenges… [its] manifold musical details, incremental theatrical tensions, literary subtleties and emotional trajectory…

Read the full review in the December issue of Gramophone.

Magnificat Recording Gramophone Magazine – Editor’s Choice

Gramophone Magazine – Editor’s Choice (December 2015)

‘Another intriguing and excellently performed project from Butt and his Dunedin Consort: a delightful recreation of what Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig might well have sounded like.’

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.”

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 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

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.