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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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Stylish, fresh and more intimate.
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Handel's Messiah - The Times


08 December 2006
The Times
Geoff Brown
4 Stars

Youth, freshness, joy: these are the chief characteristics of this intimate new Messiah from the talented Dunedin Consort, crisply and assiduously directed by John Butt. His edition is based on the original Dublin performances of 1742, conceived for modest choral forces with soloists plucked from the ranks, as here. Matthew Brooks's virile bass is outstanding; though the real highlights are the choruses.

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