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David Gordon  —  quotes from the world press

“David Gordon is a model of phrasing, control, and style, and an irresistible performer.”

Washington POST
Bach Cantatas, Hesperus Ensemble

“Tenor David Gordon was impressive in every way.”

Los Angeles TIMES
San Francisco Opera debut, Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Kurt Adler

“A superlative performance by David Gordon, in exquisite tone, deep commitment, and fabulous ease of technique.”

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Carnegie Hall, Christopher Hogwood

“Stirringly poetic, he sings with absolute clarity of execution, great conviction, and glowing beauty.”

Boston GLOBE
Britten: Serenade, Symphony Hall, Christopher Hogwood

“David Gordon is splendid, his command of the vigorous coloratura superb.”

New York TIMES
Handel: Belshazzar, Lincoln Center, Roger Nierenberg

“The high point of the performance was the firm, sweet, shapely singing of David Gordon.”

Berlioz: Requiem, Grant Park Symphony, Robert Shaw

“David Gordon gave a vital, sharp-edged, compelling characterization.”

San Francisco CHRONICLE
Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

“Crystal intonation, effortless coloratura, impeccable style.”

Monteverdi: Vespers, Prague Philharmonic, Helmuth Rilling

“David Gordon is a master of inflection and delicious shadings of irony.”

Seattle TIMES
Handel: Acis and Galatea, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, Delos CD

Special praise for the music of J. S. Bach

“One of the greatest interpreters of the Evangelist of our time”

Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis POST DISPATCH Music Critic, article May 12, 2016

“One of the world's great Bach tenors.”

Bach: St. John Passion, Music of the Baroque, Thomas Wikman

“David Gordon is a thrilling Bach Evangelist, delivering the text with gripping excitement.”

San Francisco EXAMINER
Bach: St. John Passion, San Francisco Symphony, Simon Preston

“Best of the soloists was David Gordon, who not only essayed the grueling role of the Evangelist, but also took the equally demanding tenor arias. He sang with an absolutely assured technique and breath control, every note came out with ease, and he really acted the part with extraordinary involvement.”

St. Matthew Passion, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada /
Carnegie Hall, Helmuth Rilling

“David Gordon, an outstanding Bach tenor, who delivers the recitatives with greatest sensitivity and vocal splendor, brimming with life.”

St. Matthew Passion, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Fritz Weisse

“David Gordon, as the Evangelist, was truly in a class by himself. One of today's consummate Bach tenors, Mr. Gordon gave a thrilling interpretation of this taxing role. Even Bach could not wish for a grander portrayal.”

St. Matthew Passion, Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall

“Tenor David Gordon in particular was a matchless Evangelist, at home in the stratospheric range Bach set for him and coloring each phrase to match the changing moods of the text. Those who knew German could take pleasure in his precise enunciation; those who did not were equally well served by his sure dramatic sense, which conveyed the meaning of every word.”

St. Paul (Minnesota) PIONEER PRESS
St. John Passion, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood

“Well-known internationally, David Gordon is an expressive Bach Evangelist, infusing the text with drama and passion, coloring the words with emotion.”

Christmas Oratorio, Basically Bach, Daniel Robinson

“Outstanding among the soloists, the intensely expressive Evangelist of David Gordon.”

St. Matthew Passion, Berliner Bach-Ensemble, Philharmonic Hall, Fritz Weisse

“David Gordon, an Evangelist like a jewel, who unites in himself all the virtues of a Bach tenor.”

St. Matthew Passion, Reutlingen Bachverein, Germany 

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