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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.'
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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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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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NJ.com
'John Butt leads a performance that brings out the intricate orchestral writing that underpins the vocal lines.'
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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.'
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Le Parnasse Musical
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'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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Music and Words
'Disc of the Day': 'The Lacrimosa is especially beautiful, the choir's soft entries touchingly dramatic.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'There's a real energy, with tremendous climaxes...'
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AllMusic.com
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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MusicWeb International
'...endlessly fascinating...Overall it is an essential addition to any collection of Mozart's choral music.'
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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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BachTrack.com
4 Stars
‘…magical performance…’
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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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Dunedin Consort - Mozart: Requiem - Big Issue


20 April 2014
Big Issue
Kate Molleson

And there's been another superb release from the Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort, whose new recording of Mozart's Requiem (in the standard Süssmayr completion; Dunedin's director John Butt is straightforwardly pragmatic about picking the best of an imperfect bunch) is classy and exciting. The singing is light and agile but still has real colour and character, and the instrumental playing is brilliantly vivid - it's worth hearing for the opening 30 seconds alone, which contain some of the most juiciest period wind playing I've come across. John Butt conducts with his usual flair for fine phrasing and dramatic pacing: it's a performance that reels you in and never lets you go. 


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