CRITICAL REVIEWS

There was plenty of impressive playing… Lehman was excellent.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

[Lehman] has the technique and interpretive sense to render [the music] with style.

The AAM Journal

 

It’s no secret that Lehman conducts one of the truly fine choirs…

The AAM Journal

 

The ensemble’s rendition of Herbert Howells’ Requiem is touching, sensitive, impeccable, and beyond the space available to probe every nuance of the countless facets of this performance.

The AAM Journal

 

[The ensemble], conducted by Robert W. Lehman, brought these [works] to St. Columba’s Church last night in exemplary performances.  The chorus took on the challenges of pitch, blend and a broad dynamic spectrum with great skill.  This is a small group with a big, well-focused sound that can also sing exquisite pianissimos.  The 20 hefty songs on the program might have tested the endurance of a chorus twice the size, but the singing was as fresh at the end as at the start.

The Washington Post

 

The group’s attention to detail was evident…  The ensemble not only brought a considerable amount of musicianship to [the program], it created a singular and particularly effective sense of awe and mystery, with the solo performances a good example of the exceptionally high caliber of each ensemble member.  It isn’t often one is fortunate enough to hear a chorus as elegant and as capable…  These musicians and conductor Lehman deserve the highest praise.

The Washington Post

 

[The music was] all conducted and sung with impeccable style.  The ensemble sang throughout with good, beautifully blended tone, great expressive variety and well-projected words in Latin, Italian and English.

The Washington Post

 

The music was sung with such clarity of diction and balance of voices that those in the audience who know Latin well could catch nearly every word.  …the singing was exquisitely styled and balanced, and the cathedral’s acoustics are excellent.

The Washington Post

 

It is a wonder to hear not only the singing but the skill with which conductor Robert Lehman… mastered [the] building’s tricky acoustics.

The Washington Post

 

[Lehman] conducts with a stylistic sensitivity and a taste for excellent but seldom-heard repertoire.  The ensemble sang with clear diction and pure and well-balanced tone, but the high sopranos made a particularly striking effect in the motet Exsurge, Domine, as they had earlier in the Salve Regina of William Cornysh, which opened the concert.

The Washington Post

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