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Esther - Dunedin Consort - BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'


09 June 2012
BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
Andrew McGregor

Excerpts from Andrew McGregor's discussion with Simon Heighes.

'My goodness [James Gilchrist] knows a thing about text, he can breathe life into a stale Georgian couplet like no one else.  Extraordinary singing. Robin Blaze is in fantastic form as the Priest of the Israelites.'

'We need this thrilling recording...The sound on this is wonderful.  The horn playing we heard there is really on the edge.  This is a thrill. Especially if you download from the Linn website the really high resolution FLAC format files, which I've been doing...They're well worth the investment.'

Catch up with BBC Radio 3's 'CD Review' here.


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