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Dunedin Consort

Dunedin Consort

Under the direction of John Butt OBE, the ensemble has become particularly acclaimed for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the baroque repertoire, winning two Gramophone Awards along the way.




J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
Dunedin Consort's formidable reputation for performing Bach is set to scale new heights. 

CKD 519  

J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata (Digital Deluxe Version)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata (Digital Deluxe Version)
Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context. 

CKD 469D  

J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata
Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context. 

CKD 469

Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
The seventh volume in the perpetually popular Linn Collection series. 

AKP 459  

Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance)
Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance)
The premiere recording of David Black's 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. 

CKD 449  

Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
The award-winning Dunedin Consort's first instrumental release. 

CKD 430  

J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
John Passion premiered in its original liturgical context; named Gramophone 'Recording of the Month' 

CKD 419  

The Super Audio Collection Vol. 6
The Super Audio Collection Vol. 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
The third recording in the Dunedin Consort's hugely succesful Handel series. 

CKD 397  

The Super Audio Collection Vol. 5
The Super Audio Collection Vol. 5
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

The Wode Collection
The Wode Collection
16th Century Music by Scottish, English & Continental Composers 

CKD 388  

J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor - Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by J. Rifkin (2006)
J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor - Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by J. Rifkin (2006)
The premiere recording of the Rifkin edition of Bach's spectacular choral work. 

CKD 354  

The Super Audio Collection Vol. 4
The Super Audio Collection Vol. 4
The fourth volume in Linn's popular sampler series. A mouth-watering selection of 2008-09 tracks. 

AKP 357  

Handel: Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version 1718)
Handel: Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version 1718)
second Handel recording from the award-winning Dunedin Consort 

CKD 319  

J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion (Final performing version, c. 1742)
J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion (Final performing version, c. 1742)
The award-winning Dunedin Consort give a remarkable performance of the emotive Matthew Passion 

CKD 313  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol. 3
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol. 3
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)
Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)
This superb 2-disc set features the Messiah as premiered by Handel in Dublin in 1742. 

CKD 285  

J.S. Bach: John Passion - Sermon Section
J.S. Bach: John Passion - Sermon Section
Free additional audio content to accompany 'J.S. Bach: John Passion'. 

CKDE 419  

In the Beginning
In the Beginning
The Dunedin Consort perform stunning a cappella vocal arrangements of music by Barber and Copland. 

BKD 117  

Dunedin Consort  

Dunedin Consort takes its name from Edinburgh’s castle (Din Eidyn) and, like that famous landmark, has great cultural significance in Scotland’s capital city and beyond. Under the musical direction of John Butt, Dunedin Consort has consolidated its existing strength in the Baroque repertoire, winning the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award for its recording of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah.

Dunedin Consort has appeared at music festivals in Scotland (including the Edinburgh International, Lammermuir and East Neuk Festivals), Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and France, broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland, and enjoys a close relationship with Linn.

Their 2008 releases of Bach’s Matthew Passion (last performing version, c.1742) and Handel’s Acis and Galatea (original Cannons performing version, 1718) both received many plaudits, including a Gramophone Award nomination for Acis and Galatea. In 2010 the ensemble’s recording of Bach’s Mass in B minor (Breitkopf & Härtel edition by Joshua Rifkin, 2006) won critical acclaim, while 2012 saw a fitting sequel to Acis and Galatea with the release of Handel’s first English oratorio, Esther.

In 2013 came two further Bach recordings on Linn: the John Passion (reconstruction of Bach’s Passion liturgy) was ‘Recording of the Month’ in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and the Brandenburg Concertos were nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2014. That year also saw the release of Mozart’s Requiem. This unique attempt to reimagine the original performance – using a new scholarly edition by David Black and the same forces as would have been heard at the work’s likely first performance, at Mozart’s own Requiem Mass in Vienna – won Dunedin Consort its second Gramophone Award (Choral category) and was also nominated for a 2015 American GRAMMY® Award.


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Three Titles On Gramophone's Top 50
19 May 2016
SCO & Dunedins Included
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SAY Award Nomination
13 May 2016
Dunedin Consort's Bach On The Longlist
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Number One For Dunedin Consort
25 March 2016
Dunedin Consort Top The UK Charts
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Dunedin's Bach is 'Album of the Week'
21 March 2016
Hear Dunedin Consort on Classic FM
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Linn's Mozart Requiem Is Record Review's First Choice
27 February 2016
Top Accolade For Dunedin Consort
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Dunedin’s Bach is 'Choral & Song Choice' in BBC Music Magazine
18 November 2015
'A beautifully paced, exhilaratingly executed performance'
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Magnificat is 'CD of the Week'
24 October 2015
on BBC Radio 3's 'CD Review'
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Dunedin Consort secure Top 3 Chart Position
23 October 2015
with their recording of Bach's Magnificat
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Top 10 Recent Mozart Recordings - Chosen By Gramophone
30 April 2015
Featuring Dunedin Consort and Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists
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Two Linn Recordings Nominated For A GRAMMY® Award
05 December 2014
Mozart And Mahler In The Running
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Gramophone's list of Top 10 British choral works
11 November 2014
includes two Linn recordings, but which ones?
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Dunedin Consort Wins Second Gramophone Award
27 August 2014
'Mozart: Requiem' Wins 'Choral' Award
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Gramophone Selects Dunedin Consort In Top 10 List
14 January 2014
Gramophone's Best Bach List Includes Mass In B Minor
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Gramophone Critics name John Passion their pick of 2013
19 December 2013
The Dunedin Consort bestseller is chosen twice!
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Linn tops the Herald's Classical Top 10 of 2013
18 December 2013
Linn is one and two!
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ICMA Nominations 2014
04 December 2013
Four Linn titles nominated in the 2014 ICMA Awards
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Dunedin Consort in the charts
16 September 2013
'Six Brandenburg Concertos' enters at No. 2
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2013 Gramophone Award Finalists Announced
29 July 2013
Dunedin Consort and Phantasm named Finalists
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John Butt: Royal College Award
08 April 2013
John Butt awarded the Royal College of Organists Medal.
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John Passion is number one
25 March 2013
Album enters at the top of the Specialist Chart
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John Butt awarded an O.B.E.
29 December 2012
2013 New Year Honours List Announcement
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Esther enters UK chart
21 May 2012
at number 7
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Matthew Passion is a winner
10 April 2012
Consort's recording BBC First Choice
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Dunedin Consort Performs Bach's Matthew Passion
14 April 2011
See them live
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The Dunedin Consort named in 20 Greatest Choirs by Gramophone
01 January 2011
The Dunedin Consort named the 11th greatest choir!
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Linn Records Nominated for Six International Classical Music Awards
02 December 2010
Linn Records is proud to announce that six Linn recordings have been nomiated for the 2011 International Classical Music Awards.
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The Herald's Michael Tumelty is "electrified" by the Bach Mass
21 July 2010
The Consort's new recording greatly impresses...
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Dunedin Consort is Gramophone Editor's Choice
30 June 2010
Accolade for Mass in B minor recording
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Dunedins to close new and exciting music festival...
25 May 2010
Consort will perform Bach's Mass in B Minor at The Lammermuir Festival
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Dunedin Consort to treat London to a rare performance…
11 May 2010
Help celebrate the launch at St John's, Smith Square
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Dunedins selected in Stereophile's '2009 Records To Die For'
10 February 2010
"This performance...grips you by the ears."
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Dunedin Consort announce new chair
21 October 2009
Sir Muir Russell becomes Chair of the Board of the Dunedin Consort
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Finalists in the Gramophone Awards announced
26 August 2009
Success for Retrospect Trio and Dunedin Consort
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Dunedin Consort back in the charts
21 July 2009
Acis and Galatea at No. 8
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'Acis & Galatea' reviewed on BBC Radio 3's 'Building a Library'
13 July 2009
Dunedin Consort chosen as 'First Choice Recommendation'
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Edinburgh Festival dates for Linn artists
03 July 2009
Linn at EIF
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Dunedin Consort helps Radio 3 celebrate Handel
02 March 2009
Handel's 'Acis & Galatea' played in full on BBC Radio 3...not to be missed!
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More acclaim for Matthew Passion
28 August 2008
Another award for Dunedin Consort
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The Strad
'Bernardini offers proficient, well-articulated readings of Bach's two solo violin concertos, her buoyant, small-scale orchestral accompaniment spawning light, spruce textures in the outer movements and making inner detail clearly audible.'
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Pizzicato
„Dies ist eine exzellente Bach-CD, der es an nichts mangelt.“
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Huffington Post
'The expressive power that results from scrupulous, hi-def scholarly attention to detail gives the players total fluency with the musical narrative, with marvelous brass work...'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'In [Bernardini's] playing you get the virtuoso energy of the contemporary Italian school without the hard edge, and there is a sense of play in her music-making that one senses Bach would have loved...Highly recommended.
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MusicWeb International
'One can simply recommend this disc unreservedly on all musical fronts. These are beautiful and lively performances second to none.'
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Netherlands Radio 4
„CD van de Week” / ”CD of the Week”: „Hun nieuwste opname van Bachs betroemde Vioolconcerten is weer een schot in de roos. De concurrentie is groot bij deze werken maar deze cd valt op als een van de betere uit de catalogus.”
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Classical Music
5 Stars
'The Dunedin Consort's Dutch-Italian leader steps into the limelight for fresh, scrupulously-detailed accounts of the two solo concertos and the double concerto.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'Virtual Wallet' Choice by Kate Molleson: 'I love it!'


Gramophone
'This new disc of Bach concertos has attributes we have come to expect from the Dunedin Consort and Linn, namely neat, stylish and uncomplicated performances in a recording of beautifully judged clarity and resonance.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'Violinist Cecilia Bernardini's bowing is both fluid and crisply detailed in the opening and closing movements of the E major Concerto (BWV 1042). The outer movements of the A minor Concerto (BWV 1041) benefit from her precision and clarity, with intelligent use of dynamics and an ear for the expressive potential of repetition and variation.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'This is music-making of the highest order, vividly captured by Linn's sound engineers.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'In one of the most beautiful-sounding releases Linn has ever given us...'
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Fanfare
'The Magnificat is equally magnificent.'
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Daily Mail
4 Stars
Classical Album of the Week
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MusicWeb International
'I very much enjoyed hearing [Bernardini's] contribution to this recording and I need hardly add that she receives first-rate support from John Butt and the other members of the Consort.'
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The Herald Scotland
Interview with Cecilia: '...superb new Dunedin recording of Bach's violin concertos released last week on Linn Records. Her playing is warm and original, lightly virtuosity and deeply musical, healthily eccentric. She digs into her fiddle with an earthy, organic sort of lyricism and a playful conversational spark that has bags of charisma...'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'...the vinyl is something else, powerful, rich, fluid and present in a way that says the best analogue.'
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Classic FM
Album of the Week: 'Two of Bach's solo violin concertos, overflow with intricate and pin sharp detail and the famous, sublime slow movement of Bach's Double Concerto has never been more heartrending.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'This recording has elegance at its heart with Bernardini showing a nice feel for the dynamic contrasts and varied repetitions in the A minor and E major concertos. Two of the highlights are when she is joined by her father, the baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini, for the C minor Concerto for violin and oboe, and as an extra treat the Sinfonia from Bach’s Cantata No. 21.’
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The Guardian
5 Stars
'There are so many things to marvel at: her husky, shapely tone, her earthy way with rhythm, how she tugs playfully the top of phrases, her ability to dart in and out of ensemble textures and make the whole thing so joyously convivial.'
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Andrew Benson-Wilson Reviews
'This is a spectacular CD from the ever excellent Dunedin Consort and their leader, violinist Cecilia Bernardini, this time in a solo role.'
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Early Music Review
5 Stars
'This is a fabulous recording of some of my favourite music; I have yet to hear a recording by John Butt that is not utterly convincing; with his Dunedins, he has struck gold once again – this goes straight to the top of my pile for rainy days when I need cheering up!'
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Early Music Today
5 Stars
Editor's Choice: 'Rarely, very rarely, a recording comes along that because of its content and level of performance seems to be hors concours. This is just such a recording.'
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Iowa Public Radio
2015 Classical Mega-Meta-List: 'It is also the joyous-Bach-Christmas CD of the year. And the performances are so special that even if you already own many recordings of the Magnificat or the Cantata you should hear it.'
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The Herald Scotland
Top 10 Scottish Classical Albums of 2015: #1 spot
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Europadisc
Europadisc 2015 Disc of the Year: 'In the end it was the Dunedin Consort's recording of Bach's Magnificat that gripped us most, not just for its combination of brilliant musicianship and fastidious research, but because the reconstruction as a whole proves such an involving, immersive experience for the listener.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
'A Bach recording that's going to make the air vibrate with joy...a splendid recording.'
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The Sunday Times
'His quintet of soloists are brilliant illusionists, sounding like a crowd in Omnes generationes.'
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The Arts Desk
'This disc's academic credentials are impeccable, but my reasons for loving it are purely musical; John Butt's Bach programme allows us to party as if it was, er, 1723...Essential listening.'
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Sydsvenskan
'John Butt gör en finkänslig och rörlig rekonstruktion av J S Bachs magnifika vesper.'
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Classical MPR
'The effect is reverent and seamless. The musicianship of the singers and the players is flawless, and it's interesting to hear the works in their historical context.'
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: ,,Den Aufnahmetechnikern ist ein Meisterstück gelungen...Unser Tipp für die Feiertage!''
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The Herald Scotland
Top 20 Classical Recordings for 2015: 'Hard to imagine a classier Christmas album.'
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YLE Klassinen
'Sekä Magnificat että joulukantaatti ovat säihkyvän jouluisia teoksia, joissa trumpetit raikaavat ja patarummut jylisevät. Toki sijansa saa myös hempeä joulutunteilu.'
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Iowa Public Radio
Flavorful Picks from 2015: 'Linn's recorded sound is rich, glowing, natural, and clear.'
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Financial Times
5 Stars
'It is a brilliant deal: 21st-century listeners get all of Bach's glorious music associated with December 25 1723, performed with zest and imagination, without having to sit through the sermon.'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: '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.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Choral & Song Choice: 'What follows is a holistically conceived, beautifully paced, exhilarating executed performance.'
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Rondo Magazine
5 Stars
,,Unter diesen Bedingungen kann auch das bekannte Magnificat in seiner gleißend hellen Es-Dur-Fassung nur eine Freude sein – diese Erwartung bestätigt sich beim Hören: Das ist sehr, sehr wohltuend.''
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'Top of my 2015 Christmas list: outshines just about every other recording of the Magnificat and the cantata.'
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BBC Radio Scotland ‘Classics Unwrapped’
'It’s a magnificent recording…a hearty congratulations on a truly hearty disc. I really, really loved listening to that.'


BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’
'It’s wondrous music.'


Artistxite
,,Die Illusion funktioniert: Man fühlt sich unmittelbar in die besondere Stimmung einer festlichen Vesper hineinversetzt. Butt und sein Ensemble erweisen sich (zum wiederholten Male) als akkurate Spurensucher, die die Unmittelbarkeit des historischen Kontexts für den heutigen Hörer wieder erfahrbar machen.''
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Classical CD Choice
'Quite possibly the most persuasive version of Bach's Magnificat you are likely to hear in modern times.'
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PS Audio
Classical Gifts of 2015: 'Hands down, my first choice this year...'
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Sinfini Music
5 Stars
Best Choral Album: 'Andrew Stewart has heard no finer disc this year than John Butt and the Dunedin Consort's new recording of Bach's Magnificat and Christmas Cantata BWV 63, filled with insight and energy.'
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Merry and Bright Blog
'an excellent record'
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Andrew Everard
'standout'


Early Music Review
'...what is a very good example of John Butt's marriage between arresting scholarship, enormous musicality - the tempi are so naturally right - and pragmatic skills: conceiving and bringing such a complex production to fruition is a huge task, and the whole disc is so coherently musical from the word go. Give it to all your friends for Christmas: this is contextual Bach at its very best.'
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The Irish Times
4 Stars
'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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Musicophiles Blog
Must-Have Mozart Albums: 'excellent both on the playing and on the recording quality'
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Classic FM 'Chart'
'superb'


BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
Disc of the Week: '...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.'
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
'...yet another astonishing triumph...the musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class.'
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Europadisc
'Butt and his musicians combine an earthy exuberance 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.'
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The Observer
5 Stars
'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort...brilliantly done.'
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HR Audio
5 Stars
'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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AllMusic
'The music is splendidly recorded at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, and the end result is a Bach performance that is original in concept and satisfying in details.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'This is one of the most enjoyable and stimulating Bach discs to have come my way...The performance standards are uniformly excellent and the music is life-enhancing.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'Look no further for this year’s essential Christmas disc!'
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The Sunday Times
'Butt directs a texturally transparent yet singularly powerful reading.'


Herald Scotland
Pick of 2014: 'The Dunedin Consort went from strength to strength with superlative recordings and performances...'
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musica Dei donum
'very impressive performance'
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BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'
'The Dunedin Consort has made a huge impact with a small group of singers...[they] make a very strong case.'


Audiophile.no
'a world-class performance'
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: 'This is without any doubt one of the best recordings ever made of this work...'
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Crescendo
'Une version qui mérite d’être connue et justement appréciée.'
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HighResMac
'beautiful and surprising facets' / 'schöne und überraschende Facetten'
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International Record Review
'Butt directs an at once powerful and attractively nuanced performance of the Requiem.'
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AudioStream
'Download of the Week': 'The sound of this recording is first rate.'
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Choir & Organ
5 Stars
'Beautifully paced and using period instruments in a chamber-like recording, the classical brass and woodwind create just the right ambience and drama when needed.'
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Radio Klara
5 Stars
One of Flemish Radio Klara's 'Top 10' picks
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Hi-Fi News
'Album Choice': 'Butt’s direction is akin to cleaning an old painting, the colours emerging with a new vividness. An important realisation of a well-loved work.'
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The Irish Times
5 Stars
'The performance is sinewy and expressive, lit as from within, and captures the contrapuntal writing in a way that can only be called pristine.'
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RP Online
'The most beautiful Mozart "Requiem"...'
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Classical Candor
'Among the segments that stood out for me were the "Dies Irae" for its menacing spirit; the "Tuba Mirum," "Recordare," and "Lux Aeterna" for their sweet freshness; and the "Lacrimosa" for its earnest bearing.'


The Sunday Times
'Butt gets drama aplenty...'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
'The consort of 16 singers and an orchestra of historically aware punch and pungency bring to the music not only a vibrant clarity but also a dramatic intensity in such apocalyptic portions of the Mass...'
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Gramophone
Recording of the Month: '...one of the finest Mozart Requiems...'
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The Times
4 Stars
'It’s as though a veil has been lifted...And in the Dunedin Consort’s hands, almost every note, whoever wrote it, thrills, warms, and enchants.'
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Big Issue
'It’s a performance that reels you in and never lets you go.'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Linn’s up-close recording balance captures the dramatic focus and fiery energy generated by the Dunedin Consort.'
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AllAboutJazz.com
'The results are overwhelming.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'[Butt's] measured approach brings out the starkness and solemnity of Mozart’s setting, while the recording highlights its distinctive colours in a near ideal ecclesiastical acoustic.'


NJ.com
'John Butt leads a performance that brings out the intricate orchestral writing that underpins the vocal lines.'
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Le Parnasse Musical
4 Stars
'Prise de son extraordinaire, l'une des meilleures de tout le catalogue discographique.'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'There is no doubt that this issue is thought-provoking in its scholarship, exciting in its spontaneous and assured musicianship...'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'There's a real energy, with tremendous climaxes...'
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Music and Words
'Disc of the Day': 'The Lacrimosa is especially beautiful, the choir's soft entries touchingly dramatic.'
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MusicWeb International
'...endlessly fascinating...Overall it is an essential addition to any collection of Mozart's choral music.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'Linn offers extraordinarily clear and spacious sound, and the sharpness of the playing comes across in the mix without any loss of the wonderful acoustic resonance.'
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Retford Times
'stunning'
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Voix des Arts
'Maestro Butt and Dunedin Consort approach the score with the refinement of chamber players, and the resulting fusion of grandeur with intimacy serves the music ideally.’
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Surrey Mirror
‘…it’s well nigh impeccable, with director John Butt marshalling his resources superbly to create a richly detailed rendition of this much loved work.’
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Audiophile.no
‘…a world-class performance…’
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American Record Guide
'Period instrument performances don't get any better than this.'
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Herald Scotland
'...there us a real sense of shared ownership from every gutsy, exuberant player...Butt's academic authority reveals some fascinating relationships and instrumental colours...'
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Herald Scotland
'...rewarding...'
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MusicWeb International
'If you love these works, you'll be entranced by the excellent quality of the Dunedin Consort and the warm listening experience.'
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Ionarts
'...historically most informed... in an infectious, tight performance...'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'... an ideal choice for this bold venture...'
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musica Dei donum
'The Dunedin Consort delivers a performance which is outstanding throughout.'
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Hi-Fi News
Album Choice: ‘…this is one of the most stimulating sets of the Brandenburgs we have had…’
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International Record Review
'... refreshing and illuminating...rich-hued, generous readings...'
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The Classical Ear
'... beguiling, ear-catching instrumental colourings...'
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Gramophone
Gramophone Choice: ‘Notwithstanding the distinguished Brandenburg discography, this set is nothing short of sensational.’ Gramophone (Awards Issue 2013)
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MusicWeb International
'another winner... [the] performances and recording [are] first-rate...'
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The Sunday Times
‘The results are most compelling…’
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
‘Simon Heighes, I think we need this, don’t we? We do. We really do. And Linn Records’ recording is splendid. I mean really beautifully, beautifully translucent almost.’ BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
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Bangkok Post
‘The sound of the Studio Master recordings is absolutely spectacular, with the presence of the instruments almost tangible. As a set of performances, Dunedin's versions are a good first choice.’
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BachTrack.com
4 Stars
‘…magical performance…’
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My Classical Notes
5 Stars
'...perfectly balanced...'


The Guardian
'The Requiem had plenty of Dunedin hallmarks: crystal-clear counterpoint in the Lux Aeterna, pure vocal lines in the Lacrimosa, ferocious drive in the Dies Irae.'
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The Sunday Herald Scotland
'Crisp, freshly thought and very carefully realised without loss of apparent spontaneity...'
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AllMusic.com
5 Stars
‘…the marvelous depth of field and richness of the sonorities make it well worth purchasing.’


The Guardian
5 Stars
'...a profoundly expressive study in texture and articulation, with the string lines effortlessly and naturally interlaced.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal.'
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BBC Radio 3: CD Review
'... intimate, measured and yet always joyful...'
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Classic FM Radio 'Drive'
‘Their version of the Brandenburgs is, as could be expected, insightful, lithe and crisp, full of dancing rhythms.’
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Classic FM
Featured Album: '...insightful, lithe and crisp, full of dancing rhythms.'
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MusicWeb International
'... not only historically interesting, it is musically highly rewarding.'


Opera News
'One of the most thought-provoking recordings of the past few years, and ultimately one of the most fulfilling.'
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American Record Guide
'...people interested in Bach's passion as liturgy will be fascinated by what is here.'
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Scherzo
'La dirección de Butt se nota asimismo de una minuciosidad extrema, en lo cual recibe la inestimable ayuda de unas tomas de amplia atmósfera y en el punto justo de reverberación para que la calidez de los mensajes lleguen sin un ápice de articio'


International Record Review
'All of the soloists are generally outstanding. Nicholas Mulroy’s lithe, sensitive Evangelist is the epitome of narrative clarity and contrasts beautifully with the calming, authoritative richness of Matthew Brook’s Jesus.'
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Classical.net
'Contrast has made for real impact'


MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'I will not be surprised if this recording of the St. John Passion comes to be regarded as a landmark in the work's already distinguished discography.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
Live Review
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Music OMH
4 Stars
Live Review
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voix-des-arts.blogspot.co.uk
'The Dunedin Consort prove themselves to be instrumentalists of extraordinary ability.'
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Early Music Review
'This is far and away the most musical and satisfying performance around among the many, many versions available.'
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Early Music Review
'Whatever St John Passion you own, buy this one - it's unique!'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Recording of the Month: 'a dramatic, profoundly considered reading.'
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Sunday Times
'Linn offers a fascinating extra dimension.'
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Irish Times
'the performance is nimble on its feet.'
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The Observer
'Historic and supremely important'
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Audiophile Audition
'The performance is a fine one, even exceptional'
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Financial Times
'wonderfully pure, buoyant and transparent.'
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Herald Scotland
4 Stars
Live Review from Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
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The Guardian
4 Stars
Live Review from Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'Inspirational on every level.'
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The Times
'the liturgical experience offers benefits to heart and mind'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'an exceptionally fine small-scale performance'
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The Herald
'A breakthrough on Bach's John Passion'
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The Big Issue
'The impact is huge. The architecture, emotion and implication of Bach's music all change.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'This Johannes Passion performance is without doubt the most involving and dramatic I have encountered.'
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Gramophone
Recording of the Month: '...[a] perfectly paced ensemble Passion'
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Gramophone
'As the Dunedin Consort record Bach's St John Passion in the context of a Good Friday vespers, David Vickers speaks to John Butt and others about the rewards of liturgical reconstruction.'
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The Times
Voted one of the top 10 classical albums of 2012 by The Times


Pizzicato
A review in French.
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Early Music Review
'The Dunedin Consort perform as a tight and capable band and Butt once again has proved himself the master of dramatic pacing. Thoroughly recommended.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'a two-voices-to-a-part chorus achieves more immediacy than a larger choir, coupled with a stylish and delightfully intimate band.'
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resmusica.com
Review in French
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'...the results are very nice indeed...all the soloists are excellent.'
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MusicWeb International
'I'd go for the new recording of the 1720 version.'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'We need this thrilling recording...The sound on this is wonderful.'
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AllMusic.com
4 Stars
'majestic choruses'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'Hugely recommended in every respect.'
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International Record Review
'...one of the most attractive versions on disc.'
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MusicWeb International
'The Dunedin Consort, John Butt and Linn have already brought us some excellent recordings of Handel and Bach* and this new Esther is worthy to stand with them'.
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...wonderfully crafted music making.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...more than enough to keep us on the edge of our seats.'
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Gramophone
'...Brook's performance of the villain Haman's ‘Turn not, O Queen' transfixes everyone...'
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Gramophone
'Butt's direction combines spontaneous freshness with a care for expressive phrasing and precise colouring.'
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Presto Classical
'The ever-excellent James Gilchrist is at his most mellifluous here...'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'...vibrant performances of the highest quality...'
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The Consort
'...the beauty alone of many of the solo numbers would make it worth buying.'
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ClassiqueInfo Disque
« La qualité de l’orchestre, notamment est étonnante et...Les tempos sont toujours justes, les soli d’une justesse miraculeuse... »
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Toccata-Alte Musik Aktuell
„...eröffnet ein Feuerwerk an Klangfarben...“
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SoundStageExperience.com
'Great sound and great performance in one recording. That's rare.'
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Classical Net
'This account is full of expression and articulations of the divine...the choral singing is uniformly uplifting.'
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Concerto Das Magazin fur Alte Musik
„Und emfehlen kann man diese Aufnahme uneingeschränkt: Die Arien sind ebenso ansprechend geraten wie die teils mit, teils ohne die Ripienostimmen gesungenen Chöre; das Instrumentalspiel ist vom Feinsten.“
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Musik an sich...
„...die reicher instrumentierten, konzertanten Sätze...”
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Early Music Review
'There have been many recordings...but in my opinion the Dunedin is the first to come anywhere near challenging it.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'This recording will provide abundant pleasure to Bach lovers...'
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Early Music Review (Live Review)
'Every now and then there is a concert that just blows me away...'
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Klassik.com
4½ Stars
„...Diese Einspielung sollte...”
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'This is a fascinating and hugely rewarding account...'
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ClassicsTodayFrance.com
4½ Stars
« Fervente, parce que l'expression est très étudiée et travaillée. »
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Classic FM Magazine
4½ Stars
'The awe-inspiring intricacy of Bach's part-writing has been wonderfully magnified...'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'No performance could better justify small-scale Bach than this convincing marriage of scholarship and inspiration.'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'This performance demands to be heard.'
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The Sunday Herald
'This B minor Mass is special.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'There is much to recommend here, and no one purchasing will be disappointed.'
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The Sunday Times
'[The] performance is powerful and beautifully shaped...'
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North London News
'Sharp, pointed playing and singing in a recording that is a hallmark for authenticity in Bach performance.'


The Times
4 Stars
'Surely no other recording of Bach's B Minor Mass bounces along with such joy as this...'
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Sound and Music
« ...una delle novità più interessanti della discografia bachiana degli ultimi anni. »
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The Independent on Sunday
'Bach's B-minor Mass has many attractive features...'
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Financial Times
"The result is clean..."
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International Record Review
"...spine-tingling..."
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McAlister Matheson Music
'This recording deserves a place in everyone's CD collection.'
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Philadelphia Enquirer
'...radiant vocal timbres and airtight blends.'


Opus Musica
« Se obtiene una evidente claridad de texturas y se gana en ligereza y flexibilidad... »
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BBC Online
'...lovers of this great work will find much to appreciate - and even discover anew.'
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ClassicsToday.com
4½ Stars
'You can really lose yourself in this performance...'
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The Observer
'A definitive recording.'
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Musical Pointers (Live Review)
'A very distinguished production...'
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Rondo
4 Stars
„Interpretatorisch gibt es sehr viel Schönes in dieser Neueinspielung...”
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MusicWeb International
"I have no hesitation in following suit and placing this at the head of my recommendations..."
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Stereophile
2009 Records To Die For: "...this performance of the Christian Passion story grips you by the ears."
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Philadelphia Inquirer
"If there's a state-of-the-art Handel recording, it's this."
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6moons
"...this recording is a jewel..."
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Choral Journal
"...the soloists sing with beauty and a genuine understanding..."
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Choral Journal
"They play with stylish vigor..."
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Choral Journal
"...they offer a dramatic immediacy of expression that scarcely any choir can match."
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High Fidelity (Poland)
5 Stars
An outstanding review from the Polish publication
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San Francisco Classical Voice
"[Butt's] Handel is fit for paradise."
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OpusHD
Opus d'Or Award: "...comblera aussi bien les audiophiles que les mélomanes."
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OpusHD (translation)
Opus d'Or Award: "...will make both audiophile and music lover rejoice."
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Norra Västerbotten
"Acis och Galatea" är inger av Händels mer kända oratorium....
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Rondo
4 Stars
"Dunedin Consort präsentieren eine gelungene, unbedingt hörenswerte Einspielung der 1718er Version..."
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Muzyka21
5 Stars
An outstanding review from the Polish publication
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SvD
utförs med fin känsla av ensemble, kör och solister
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Klassik.com
4½ Stars
"Die Dunedin Consort & Players spielen brillant."
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Classical WETA
"The recording quality and sound of this Linn disc is, as usual with this audiophile label, stupendous."
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Sunday Herald
"...this performance radiates life and personality..."
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: "Already a strong contender for the 2009 Recording of the Year..."
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
"Handel fans rejoice - a definitive Acis and Galatea at last!"
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Opus Musica
"...cálida expresividad..."
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BBC Music Magazine
"...sheer magic..."
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AudioVideoHD
5 Stars
"...un puro gozo."
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Financial Times
5 Stars
"Such radiant music-making is an ideal hors d'oeuvre for the upcoming Handel year."
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Gramophone
CD of the Month: "...utterly magical."
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Early Music Review
"A marvellous performance!"
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
Opera & Vocal Disc of the Month: "...the freshness with which they sing radiates joy throughout the entire score."
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International Record Review
[An] outstanding new recording...warmly recommended.
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Sunday Times
Butt takes advantage of the most up-to-date scholarship
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"...will light up a grey, miserable winters day."
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The Guardian
4 Stars
"Butt kept the action moving with his customary energy..."
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The Herald
4 Stars
"...Handel at his most wondrous."
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The Observer
CD of the Week: "...wonderfully intimate reading..."
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The Scotsman
"...genuinely refreshing and revelatory..."
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McAlister Matheson
"...one of the freshest and most vibrant recordings I have heard."
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Fono Forum
The German publication reviews the 3LP set
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Opus Musica
"...a interpretación es luminosa y clara..."
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AudioVideoHD
5 Stars
"Unos timbres de excepcional calidad, brillan en toda la obra..."
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AudioEnz
"How does it sound? Well in one word: Glorious."
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
'Supersonic Award' for the Dunedin's recording
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The Absolute Sound
"beautifully rendered"
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Hi-Fi News
5 Stars
"Superb"
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CD Compact
"El resultado sonoro es escalofriante, ni débil ni esquelético, ni pobre, sino perfectamente equilibrado..."
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Toccata
"Die gesamte Interpretation atmet Fröhlichkeit, Spielfreude und höchstes Musiziervergnügen."
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Hi-Fi News
4 Stars
A recording with 'intimacy and immediacy'
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Star Ledger of New Jersey
"fresh, fine-tuned voices, a beautifully textured instrumental sound."
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High Fidelity
4½ Stars
An excellent review from the Polish Audiophile publication
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MusicWeb International
"...this one is very special indeed."
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ClassicalSource.com
Linn's impressive LP presentation of "Messiah" can truly be described as 'state of the art'
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Opus Musica
"Excelente..."
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Atlanta Audio Society
"...a really memorable and persuasive Matthew Passion..."
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Audiophile Audition
4½ Stars
"...this one is tough to beat."
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
"Sehr gutes Potenzial."
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LP Magazin
"Die Pressung ist erstklassig, und auch bezüglich des Klangs nimmt dieser "Messias" eine Ausnahmestellung ein."
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The Sunday Telegraph
A performance of 'disarming emotional and dramatic immediacy'
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The Guardian
5 Stars
There's no doubt that this one is the pick of this year's crop...tinglingly vivid.
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The Berkshire Review
Superb
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Financial Times
4 Stars
sheer intimacy of musical and dramatic dialogue
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The Herald
5 Stars
They've done it again...the singing is to die for...
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Kennis & Cultuur
'Deze Deze Matthäus Passion komt uit Edinburgh.....'
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Daily Mail
4 Stars
Nicholas Mulroy is an excellent Evangelist
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De Gelderlander
5 Stars
'Kopers van Bachpassies zitten tegenwoordig met een luxeprobleem...'
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classicalsource.com
The musicianship of the youthful Dunedin Players is, quite simply, second to none
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Berlingske
5 Stars
Alligevel skal man lede længe efter en flottere indspilning... Musikerne spiller som en drøm.
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McAlister Matheson Music Newsletter
one of the most dramatically involving and emotionally searing performances of this work to have appeared on disc
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Prelude
Wonderbaarlijk mooie Mattheuspassie
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
My new benchmark. Performance ***** / Sound *****
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Trouw
"Dit is een versie waarin musicology is omgezet in verrassende muzikaliteit."
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BBC Online
From the word go, the Dunedin Consort draws you in.
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Gramophone
Butt's St Matthew is truly original in spheres resonating beyond established parameters. Gramophone Recommended.
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
A highlight of 2008...brilliantly proficient
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Trouw
Verfrissende ontdekkingsreis door Bachs Matthaus Passion is verrassend.
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Classic FM magazine
Disc of the Month! Performances of stunning conviction
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Independent on Sunday
one of the finest available one-voice-per-part Bach performances
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The Observer
5 Stars
The playing and the singing is outstanding. Highly recommended.
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
Highly recommended indeed
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
Highly recommended - indeed, this version is probably the first choice for this ever popular work.
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Hi Fi Choice
4½ Stars
This is a stunning performance, and a brilliant recording...
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Inverness Courier
The Consort deliver a fresh and hugely enjoyable perspective on the music
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Classic FM Magazine
4 Stars
...nothing but praise
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Allmusic.com
5 Stars
ALBUM OF THE DAY - One of the most compelling and engaging Messiahs on disc.
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Atlanta Audio Society Newsletter
An additional plus is the excellent diction of these singers (should that surprise us about the Scots?). This is one time when you don't need to have the booklet firmly in hand in order to understand an oratorio in English!
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The Times
4 Stars
the real highlights are the choruses
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The Guardian
4 Stars
an authoritative bass in Matthew Brook, and a superb contralto (one of three) in Clare Wilkinson, whose heart-stopping delivery of the words "And ye shall find rest unto your souls," sets the tone for the whole performance.
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Bloomberg.com
...one of the most intimate "Messiahs" available.
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The Sunday Telegraph
The playing of the Dunedin Players under John Butt is admirably crisp, and the singing of the Consort disciplined and clear in enunciation.
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Gramophone Magazine
The freshest, most natural, revelatory and transparently joyful Messiah I have heard for a very long time.
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
Stylish, fresh and more intimate.
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The Scotsman
A genuine sparkle which lifts Handel's music above the ordinary, and a fresh angle for just about every moment.
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The Times
[a] most imaginatively planned programme
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Daily Telegraph
unaccompanied, glowingly sung and recorded
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Sunday Herald
Crisp singing and clear diction is matched by outstanding technical ability by the singers
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John Butt talks about Matthew Passion
01 April 2008
Musical insights into this acclaimed recording of Bach's famous work
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