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Anticipation is high since the Magnificat was named 'Choice' by Gramophone, topped the critics' Christmas recommendation lists and received multiple five stars reviews. Fans will once again be thrilled, as John Butt delivers another revelatory performance.
Dunedin's acclaimed soloists are Mary Bevan, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy and Matthew Brook (Cantatas 1, 3, 6), Joanne Lunn, Ciara Hendrick, Thomas Hobbs and Konstantin Wolff (Cantatas 2, 4, 5).
Butt applies his extensive knowledge of Bach's performing practices to present the range of choral scoring that Bach seems to have used, realizing something of the implications of the composer's performing conditions and decisions.
Ideally positioned to become the must-have Christmas recording of 2016, this seasonal favourite is a welcome addition to the Dunedin Consort's already enviable catalogue.
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"... all perform highly creditably, as does the excellent orchestra, whose members also make many memorable concertante contributions..." ****
Brian Robins - Early Music Today - December 2016-February 2017
"... the recorded balance between solo voices, ripieno choir and orchestra has been well judged. Tempi seem just right, with fine articulation, phrasing and diction... An excellent interpretation." *****
David Ponsford - Choir & Organ magazine - January/February 2017
Performance **** Recording ****
Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - Christmas 2016
"... this latest gift from the Dunedin Consort is one to go under the tree."
Lindsay Kemp - Gramophone magazine - November 2016
"This is surely one of the finest accounts available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio ..." *****
Kate Molleson - The Guardian - 21 October 2016
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