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Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, 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

Alan Blyth
Gramophone, November 2001

"This is a model of what a portrait of a famous singer should be. Done with the full co-operation of Horne herself, it relates her life story in just enough detail from her fascinating start, making bootleg recordings of popular songs, through her leap to fame when she dubbed for Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones, through to her triumphs on stage in Handel Rossini and so much else."

Patrick O'Connor
Gramophone, November 2001

"What makes this unmissable is Jerry Handley's perfromance as Jim. From every oint of view, dramatic, vocal and emotional, he encompasses the part in such a complete wa that one is totally gripped.... Dennis Russell Davies conducts a searing account of the score from the pit."

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