Dunedin Consort

Recording Bach's Orchestral Suites

Dunedin Consort has won worldwide acclaim for its music-making but Covid-19 has seen this music silenced. This recording — which follows a sell-out performance at the 2019 BBC Proms — will kick-start a return to live performance and complete its award-winning Bach masterworks series.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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The global pandemic has had a disastrous effect on the lives of freelance musicians, with concert halls closed and live performances still under threat for months to come. The music world has been silenced, and without further support the future of orchestras in the UK looks bleak. Now, more than ever, musicians need certainty, and the UK’s thriving arts sector needs public support if it is to survive this difficult and uncertain time.


At a time when live performances are all but impossible, recordings are one of the few projects that can be planned with certainty. And with just one milestone left in Dunedin Consort’s Bach masterworks series — a collection that Gramophone has called ‘nothing short of sensational’ — this is the perfect opportunity to record the Orchestral Suites. Recording sessions will take place behind closed doors at Perth Concert Hall, supporting a vital local venue after a difficult period of closure.

  • 'It’s tantalising to discover what Butt’s scholarship will bring to the surface in each fresh account – there’s a real sense of the score being alive, of the drama being told for the first time’

    — Guardian

  • ‘Nothing short of sensational’

    — Gramophone

  • ‘Joy, passion and precision... it was as though Butt and his players were rediscovering this well-known music afresh all over again, and taking their listeners with them.’

    — The Scotsman