“Andrew Garland, Javier Abreu and Jeremy Reger lend their inimitable and powerful skills to compositions by Gabriela Frank and Dmitri Shostakovich here, who transformed Spanish language song via their ingenuity to song craft.

“Cantos de Cifaryel MarDulce (Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea)” opens the listen with Garland’s soaring baritone that’s illuminated by Reger’s alluring piano across the diverse 8 chapters, and “Las Cinco Lunas de Lorca” follows with a duet that allows Abreu’s tenor to add another dimension to the emotive and powerful landscape.

“but the quality of the compositions and precise singing and piano prowess make for a captivating listening experience.”



“The most distinctive scenes are those involving Andrew Garland and Kirsten Chambers. As the suffering Prior Walter, Garland deployed a versatile, muscular baritone. Garland was at his best in Act II, when he turned into a convincing, if unwilling, prophet  and showed an impressive falsetto.” — Opera News, September 2017