Stephen Francis Vasta
, August 2016
There are, to be sure, some beautiful moments, particularly in the later scenes, and the handling of some of the arias is inspired.
Günter Jena leads an old-fashioned, big-orchestra performance—a pared-down account would hardly support the dancing—and brings a pleasing lilt to the triple meters. The orchestra sounds good, …The large, well-blended chorus sings devoutly…
The vocal soloists constitute a reliably standard grouping for 1980. Peter Schreier, the committed Evangelist, is prone to fierceness at the top or in quick bursts of words; Bernd Weikl’s Jesus is warm and expressive. Mitsuko Shirai offers a full, clear lyric soprano… © 2016 Opera News Read complete review