"...Michael Alexander Willens gives Graun’s oratorio an honest reading, drawing fine performances from the four soloists, the four ripienists who make up the choir, and an especially fine orchestra... All in all, an hour’s pleasant and uplifting listening; if you are emotionally exhausted after one Matthew Passion too many, this might be the perfect remedy."
Brian Clark - Early Music Review 159 - April 2014
"... For anyone looking to go beyond Bach and Handel for worthy examples of late-Baroque sacred music, this recording should be a prime choice, highly recommended."
James A Altena - Fanfare - September/October 2013
"... The performance is everything we expect from first-rate early music artists. The vocal soloists have the appropriate weight and tone for this music and seem entirely at home with it stylistically. They are undaunted by the sometimes athletic vocal writing. A ripieno quartet from the Cologne Academy expands the vocal ensemble to eight for the choruses. In short, it is a performance that can be enjoyed rather than endured, and readers with any interest in this composer and period will certainly want to acquire it..."
William J Gaten - American Record Guide - September/October 2013