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Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, January 2014

Naxos gives us handsome sound, informative notes, Cyrillic texts, English translations, and a cheap price. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, January 2014

…Kuzma’s credentials as a choral director, musicologist, and Bortniansky expert are strong, and one can have some confidence in the quality of her research on issues relating to this composer. Above all, it is the quality of the music and the performances that is important, and here Kuzma’s recording is on very firm ground.

The sound of this recording is very clean, clear, and well focused, free of the wooliness that sometimes afflicts choral recordings.

The fine performances on this disc offer a good introduction to and sampling of Bortniansky’s choral music. I strongly recommend this excellent disc to anyone interested specifically in this composer or in Russian music before Glinka. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, July 2013

From start to finish, this is a wonderful disc that introduces the listener to the music of a truly original voice in the music of the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries. With performances of the quality achieved by Ensemble Cherubim and Marika Kuzma on this disc, the music of Bortniansky—including his operas—seems poised for rediscovery. Thanks are due to NAXOS for continuing to carry the torch for unjustly overlooked composers and their music: this disc proves a delicious musical feast in the label’s already-impressive banquet of untasted delicacies. © 2013 Voix des Arts Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

My own choice is the final track, How great is our Lord of Zion, probably his best known piece that has been translated into several languages. Though Kuzma does not perform the works in numerical order—one presumes to bring contrast to her selection—I would still suggest that it is a disc I would want to dip into when the urge takes me. The sound quality from sessions in 2009 and 2011 is of excellent quality, the singing of a nicely balanced and transparent quality. © David’s Review Corner





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