Dunedin Consort In Final Three
Dunedin Consort is one step closer to winning its third Gramophone Award! Following last month's publication of the last sixty recordings in consideration for a category award, today Gramophone has announced the three finalists in each category and Dunedin Consort's recording of Samson is named in the Choral category.
What makes this recording so special is the pioneering approach by director John Butt. The Full Chorus Version employs an authentic Handelian chorus, comprising both boy trebles from the Tiffin Boys' Choir and solo sopranos – a sonority largely unheard in the modern age. Matching the revelatory historical practice begun in its award-winning recording of Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742), the soloists lead their sections to unite the solo and choral forces, creating a highly effective and cohesive sound.
Congratulations to Dunedin Consort, John Butt and the excellent soloists: Joshua Ellicott (Samson) Sophie Bevan, Matthew Brook, Mary Bevan, Hugo Hymas, Jess Dandy, Vitali Rozynko and Fflur Wyn.