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About Dunedin Consort, John Butt, Carolyn Sampson, Ian Bostridge & Polish Radio Choir

Under longtime leader John Butt, the Dunedin Consort has become Scotland's leading historical-performance ensemble, with a catalog of successful recordings stretching back to the late 1990s and widespread performances and radio broadcasts in the U.K. and beyond. Dunedin (or Din Eidyn) is the historical name of Edinburgh Castle, and the ensemble took that name when it was founded in 1995 by Ben Parry and Susan Hamilton. When Parry departed in 2003, Butt was chosen as conductor and co-artistic director; he became music director in 2012.

The Dunedin Consort has often performed or contributed to performances of oratorio, opera, and other large-scale works and recorded the original Dublin version of Handel's Messiah in 2006, winning France's MIDEM Baroque award. They have toured in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Israel, and Canada in addition to appearing at many U.K. venues. The Consort has commissioned new works from Sally Beamish, William Sweeney, and other composers. The group is often heard on the BBC 3 and BBC Scotland radio networks.

Internationally, the Dunedin Consort has gained the most attention for its large catalog of recordings, issued mostly on the Linn label. Their debut offered not Baroque music but vocal works by Copland and Barber, and subsequent recordings on Delphian included Renaissance composers (Byrd, Tallis) and The People's Mass, a collection of new Mass Ordinary movements by six Scottish composers. Since 2006, though, they have devoted themselves mostly to Baroque works, issuing, among others, a reconstructed version of Handel's first English oratorio, Esther, and acclaimed recordings of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and violin concertos. Their 2013 recording of Bach's St. John Passion, BWV 245, was the first to place the work into the context of a liturgical observance. The Consort's 2014 Mozart Requiem in D minor, K. 626, was a reconstruction of the work's first performance after it was published in 1800. In 2017 the Consort released a recording of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 on Linn. ~ James Manheim

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