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Bach: St Matthew Passion / Butt, Mulroy, Brook, Dunedin Consort & Players

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Herald
Crisp singing and clear diction is matched by outstanding technical ability by the singers

Gramophone Magazine
The thread of intensity is achieved largely by the focus and roundness of the Dunedin Consort's palette, the thrusting legatos (when called for) and the welcome presence of a strong, directed bass-line. No recorded St Matthew Passionàcomes without its blemishes but few parade such a compellingly fresh and raw realism.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
From the word go, the Dunedin Consort draws you in. The instruments are perfectly balanced, the playing is soulful, there are subtle swells, and the lilting tempo strikes a happy medium between pace and sobriety.

BBC Music Magazine
One-to-a-part Bach infiltrated the St Matthew Passion with Paul McCreesh in 2002. I described him then as 'provocative and compelling', and John Butt is no less so. Of his eight remarkable singers (plus two unison sopranos for the opening chorus' crowning chorale) several are barely out of college, but they match spine-tingling tone with astonishing maturity.


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Performers: Malcolm Bennett (Tenor); Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Bass); Cecilia Osmond (Soprano); Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone); Susan Hamilton
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, England (09/03/2007-09/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 135 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736