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Charles T. Downey
The Washington Post, February 2016

Jacobs plays the organ arrangement in a way that recalls Franck’s original scoring for cello, harp, and organ, with the cello melody on a solo stop and the closing arpeggios rendered in a harp-like way. And the title song, from the English translation of Gounod’s “Repentir,” is sung here with intensity and not too much oozing rubato. © 2016 The Washington Post Read complete review




Joseph So
La Scena Musicale, February 2016

…[Christine Brewer] sings thrillingly in all the pieces, particularly Bach’s Bist Du Bei Mir, Gounod’s O Divine Redeemer, and Franck’s Panis Angelicus. …[she] is a bit careful in her approach to the top, particularly in the Gounod, but the notes are there and they are big! The rest of the disc is made up of solo pieces for the organ played with great authority by Jacobs. This is an excellent disc for anyone interested in the sacred music repertoire and in the glorious voice of Christine Brewer. © 2016 La Scena Musicále Read complete review



Robert A Moore
American Record Guide, January 2016

Brewer gives stirring performances of Gounod’s ‘O Divine Redeemer’, Puccini’s ‘Salve Regina’, and Handel’s ‘But Oh! What Art Can Teach’ from Ode for St Cecilia’s Day. Her voluptuous Wagnerian voice is miked at enough distance to reproduce how I suspect it would sound in the cavernous acoustics of the church’s nave. © 2016 American Record Guide



James M. Keller
Santa Fe New Mexican, January 2016

The organist is the impressive Paul Jacobs, one of the few American concert all-stars on the instrument. He gives fine readings of solo works by Nadia Boulanger and Bach, plus a virtuosic rendition of the dazzling, borderline insane Toccata and Fugue from Reger’s Twelve Pieces, Op. 59. © 2016 Santa Fe New Mexican Read complete review



Sean Martinfield
The Huffington Post, October 2015

Divine Redeemer…is a complete and joy-filled meditation. The sequence of the repertoire and the spirit behind the compositions can be seen as resembling the progression of a High Mass. © 2015 The Huffington Post Read complete review



Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times, September 2015

[Christine Brewer] sings radiantly. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, September 2015

Brewer sings with emotion and reverence… © 2015 The Buffalo News Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, September 2015

…a highly sympathetic survey of the different rhetorics employed in the interests of sacred music during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This is particularly important where Brewer is concerned…she has done an impressive job of shaping her voice to fit a sacred space for music intended to serve sacred purposes. Since Jacobs is equally comfortable with the rhetorics of both sacred and secular music, he serves as both an effective partner for Brewer’s performances and a compelling soloist in his own right. © 2015 Examiner.com Read complete review



Infodad.com, September 2015

Brewer has a wonderful voice for this varied repertoire, and Jacobs’ playing is enticing and highly involving throughout. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review





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