"...their delivery radiated the wide and seemingly
contradictory emotional range contained in these
works–passionate reverence, plaintive joy, aching
peace–with stunning power and sensitivity... seemed
to stretch space and slow time, so that at the end of
every piece, though only minutes had passed, one had
experienced a lifetime of expressions... in all cases, the
melodic lines were creatively ornamented in the best
Baroque tradition, hardly surprising from an ensemble that
is so clearly comfortable in any century.
"A particular pleasure... chorus sang... with
vigor and joy... admirable... graciously... give-and-take
of the frequent imitative counterpoint... dramatic and
forceful on the one hand... singing with caressing
tenderness and melting beauty... crisp
articulation... expressive... within a quite narrow
dynamic range of pianissimo to mezzo piano.
"Compelling... unfailingly dramatic performances
that grappled with real issues in the music and
real issues the music is about."
"One would be hard-pressed to find an amateur choral
group in New England with a more adventurous spirit, higher
musical standard and sense of serious purpose than John
Ehrlich's Spectrum Singers... We marveled at Spectrum's
resilience, pride and serious chops."
"Rare beauty, full of dynamic nuances and
distinguished by impeccable intonation."
Early Music News
"The Spectrum singers brought... focused
intensity to the soldiers and peasants they
portrayed. They had a whole range of character to
themselves, and they conveyed it perfectly."
"Ehrlich and company offered a deeply felt
performance... The chorus, which has made a
specialty of singing without accompaniment, knows
how to blend into a harmonious entity. The
sweetness of tone was particularly evident in some
of the quiet passages. When called upon, too,
Ehrlich and his ensemble could produce
"The singers sounded secure in even the most