Wykonawcy Dunedin Consort / John Butt Mary Bevan, soprano Joanne Lunn, soprano Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano, Ciara Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano Nicholas Mulroy, tenor Thomas Hobbs, tenor Matthew Brook, bass-baritone Konstantin Wolff, bass-baritone
Following the huge success of 2015’s Magnificat & Christmas Cantata, Dunedin Consort releases its eagerly awaited follow up, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The Magnificat was named ‘Choice’ by Gramophone, awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine, two US radio stations described it as one of the best Christmas Recordings of 2015, and MusicWeb International shortlisted it as a ‘Recording of the Year’ Finalist. Directing from the harpsichord, John Butt delivers another revelatory performance within a historical context. Butt applies his extensive knowledge of Bach’s performing practices to present the range of choral scoring that Bach seems to have used, realising something of the implications of the composer’s performing conditions and decisions. deally 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.
Butt's contextualising demands to be heard: it's nothing short of a revelation. - BBC Music Magazine