Osvaldo Golijov's Tenebrae with the Glen Gould Ensemble at the Ismaili Centre
"The members of the Glenn Gould Ensemble played all three with verve, passion and commitment. Sopranos Adanya Dunn and Ellen McAteer both inhabited the sweet, passionate world of Golijov’s writing for voice with real conviction."
- Robert Harris, Globe and Mail
"In Tenebrae, soprano Ellen McAteer and clarinetist Brad Cherwin, augmented by the quartet, took us from the lush darkness of the first movement to the tonal comfort of the second, on the composer’s sojourn to the solace of Yerushalem."
- Paul Ennis, The WholeNote
"Tenebrae was next, featuring the quartet with soprano Ellen McAteer and Brad Cherwin on clarinet. This piece saw the vocals and clarinet basically singing a duet with each other; Cherwin's clarinet sound blended seamlessly with McAteer's rich soprano to the point where I thought at times the clarinet was producing the consonants. In this piece, you felt less like it was a piece for "voice and small ensemble" and more "sextet where one instrument is a human voice" and it was the perfect way to cap off the first half."
- Greg Finney, Schmopera
"Adorned with soaring melisma, the final pre-intermission offering, Tenebrae (“Darkness”), evokes a host of influences in Golijov’s assessment, Catholic Holy Week to illuminated medieval manuscripts to NASA earth photos. A single voice, here lyric soprano Ellen McAteer, recites a simple series of six consecutive Hebrew letters casting a strangely mystical spell while the fine student ensemble led by violinist Barry Shiffman weaves a tapestry of ornate harmonies."
- Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto