This was a stirring, intensely dramatic performance. Four excellent vocal soloists — … the mezzo-soprano Melissa Attebury… — sat in the first pew of the church until their moment came in the last movement, when they rose to face the audience, seated right before them, and sang splendidly. I have seldom been so swept away by the “Ode to Joy” choral finale. At the end, the ovation was tremendous.
— Anthony Tommasini-The New York Times