“… this is one of the most moving musical presentations of this subject I know, and should be of great interest to anyone interested in Christian sacred music… I was completely taken aback by this. Ms Cordon, the work’s dedicatee, acquits herself well , as does the fine quartet. … SACD sound is fine and unobtrusive … Don’t miss this.”
Allen Gimbel - American Record Guide – November/December 2014
“…Grundman holds the listener for the entire piece. Moments of lyrical, and inspired, beauty sit next to music of great drama, and Grundman’s skill is his ability to knit them together in a whole that has a sense of shape and a sense of inevitability. He also recognizes that an essential ingredient of music, particularly any piece of this length, is the element of tension and release, and he is the master of building one and providing the other. The performance could hardly be better. Grundman worked with soprano Cordón and the Brodsky Quartet on the composition, and has worked with them before as well. They clearly believe in this music, and play it with that sense of belief evident in every phrase…” Henry Fogel
“… it is impossible to imagine a finer performance or recording than this. Cordón sings beautifully … The Brodsky Quartet is impeccable throughout …” Colin Clarke
“… Warmly recommended …” – Peter J Rabinowitz
Fanfare – November/December 2014
"Musical communication and expressive energy flow unhindered amongst the musicians, as much when accompanying Cordón as when performing purely instrumental passages... The assiduous sound engineering work increases the quality of this recording as well as the purity of sound."
Delia Agúndez - ForumClassico.es - December 2014
Repertoire *** Sound ***** Interpretation *****
Ernst Hoffmann - Ensemble magazine (Germany) - October/November 2014
“…Everything unfolds at a Brucknerian pace, with good reason – Grundman conceived the work for church performance, the slowness of movement accommodating the increased reverberation. Susana Cordón’s soprano line unfolds with calm authority and clear diction, repeated listening revealing just how her singing reflects what’s happening in the narrative. The relative lack of musical incident is never a problem, making the occasional changes of tack more surprising and effective, as with the more animated quartet writing accompanying the closing Hosanna. Beguiling, emotionally charged music, sensitively performed and beautifully recorded.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com 9 August 2014
“…Grundman’s writing for string quartet is expert and resourceful, his loose-limbed melodic lines and rich while rarely cloying diatonic harmonies providing a variegated context for soprano-writing which ranges from confiding to histrionic – all securely encompassed by Susana Cordón … The Brodsky perform with their customary tonal warmth and attention to detail, the spaciously immediate sound testify to the composer’s concern for presenting his music within a sympathetic ambience…”
Richard Whitehouse – Gramophone magazine – August 2014
"... The Brodsky Quartet, known for its adventurous programming, plays wonderfully well. Susana Cordón is an accomplished singer, and has the composer’s blessing ..."
William Hedley - International Record Review - July/August 2014
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