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Toccata
'...a lovely interpretation.'
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Classic FM
Classic FM's 20 Best Classical Albums of 2016: 'John Butt and his Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort play Bach’s music brilliantly, and with Cecilia Bernadini as soloist, their reputation is further enhanced.'
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Concerto
'It is rare to hear a violin in the upper range so golden, in the lower range so dark, almost earthy, and yet always balanced and capable of any desired shade.'
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Limelight Magazine
4½ Stars
'The Grammy-nominated Dunedin Consort is supportive and exuberant accompanying allows Bach's lyricism and wit to sparkle.'
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Fanfare
'They give a joyous performance...'
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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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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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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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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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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'Virtual Wallet' Choice by Kate Molleson: 'I love it!'
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Der Neue Merker
'The soloists have both technical mastery, virtuosity and musicality...a recommendation for lovers of audiophile recordings.'
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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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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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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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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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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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Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos - Early Music Review


01 March 2016
Early Music Review
Brian Clark
5 Stars

Performance: 5 stars

Recorded Sound: 5 stars

Booklet note: 5 stars

Overall Presentation: 5 stars

This is a fabulous recording of some of my favourite music; Cecilia and Alfredo Bernardini (daughter and father) duet beautifully in the oboe and violin concerto (though I would have welcomed even more freedom of ornamentation, and not only in the slow movement where they do begin to come out of their shells, albeit in slightly different ways), while Huw Daniel matches Bernardini in every way in the "double concerto" (here again I long for the day when the beautiful theme undergoes more imaginative transformations as the slow movement progresses), and she is absolutely flawless in the two solo concertos, bringing a new clarity to the double-stopping string crossing in the final movement of the E major, and imbuing the long notes in the A minor's middle movement with varying colours. Every note has clearly been thought out in advance but the trick is keeping everything fresh sounding so that the listener is unaware of all that hard work. I have yet to hear a recording by John Butt that is not utterly convincing; with his 22111 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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