Magnificat Recording – The Irish Times

The Irish Times – Michael Dervan

‘The scene is set for music-making that’s lucid and festive, captured in sound that’s both intimate and full. A spirited Christmas celebration with a difference.

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Music Web International – Recording of the Month

Music Web International – Recording of the Month November 2015

John Quinn

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


Disc of the Week, BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 – CD Review, disc of the week

Andrew McGregor

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.


Magnificat Recording – McAlister Matheson Music

HR Audio

Look no further for this year’s essential Christmas disc!’

Magnificat Recording – The Scotman

The Scotsman – Ken Walton

Yet another astonishing triumph…the musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class

This is world class stuff – Magnificat Recording Review

The Scotsman

Ken Walton (***** 5 stars)

Its contextual placement within a liturgical sequence […] is revelatory. The musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class, and it’s made in Scotland.


Magnificat Recording – Europadisc

HR Audio

‘Butt and his musicians combine an earthy exuberance (trumpets and drums gloriously forthright) with some beautifully sensitive and ethereal singing and playing  […]

this is an enormously satisfying and enjoyable disc, reinforcing yet again the Dunedin Consort’s enviable reputation in this repertoire

Another bull’s eye hit from the Dunedin Consort – Magnificat Recording Review

The Observer

Nicholas Kenyon (5 stars)

Another bull’s-eye hit from John Butt’s Dunedin Consort. […] the playing and singing are terrific, and Butt creates a very convincing congregational hymn with organ flourishes.

Magnificat Recording – HR Audio

HR Audio

‘John Butt could fairly be described as a true Renaissance man in the world of period performances […]

In all respects this is one of the most enjoyable releases that I have encountered this year and cannot recommend too highly

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Graham Williams

John Butt could fairly be described as a true Renaissance man in the world of period performances. Conductor, organist, harpsichordist, educator, pioneering researcher and scholar, he and the Edinburgh based group, the Dunedin Consort, that he directs have extended and enriched our understanding of many masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire. His award winning recordings of Bach, Handel and Mozart choral and instrumental works have been revelatory for many in the way that they contextualise familiar works in order to present them in a new light. Read more

Magnificat Recording – Sydsvenskan

Sydsvenskan – Tobias Lund

John Butt gör en finkänslig och rörlig rekonstruktion av J S Bachs magnifika vesper

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