"The radiant-voiced Jolle Greenleaf, the artistic director of Tenet, shared soprano arias with the elegant Laura Heimes. The countertenor Doug Dodson and the mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken Kelsey shared the alto arias. Jason McStoots and Gene Stenger were the impressive tenors."
"The one true cantata, Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, ended the evening. The lower voiced soloists were the standouts. Tenor Gene Stenger was forthright and intense in the third verse."
"With its own orchestral intro, the climactic tenor aria, "Nimm mich dir zu eigen hin" ("Take me to you as your own"), offered Stenger the chance to match Steigerwalt's exploits, and he responded with his heartiest, most heartfelt singing of the evening."
The Classical Voice of North Carolina
"Aside from the well-shaped choral output, the most lasting moments came from Stenger whose German was clean and concise and easily heard above the chamber-sized orchestra"
The Virginia Gazette
"Der Tenor Gene Stenger bewältigte mühelos die vielen koloraturartigen Ausschmückungen in seinen Arien "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen" und "Geduld, wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen"(Gambenarie)."
Translation: Tenor Gene Stenger effortlessly mastered the many coloratura embellishments in his arias "I will be with my Jesus watching" and "Patience, when false tongues sting me" (Aria da Gamba).
"The large cast was headed by Anna Caldwell, an impassioned, shining Emily, and Gene Stenger, who sang with sweet vibrancy as the Stage Manager."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The recording is luminous. The singers of TENET Vocal Artists, both solo and tutti, exude a sense of refined pathos and rhetorical gesture apropos for the work’s original intimate courtly setting. The instrumentalists of ACRONYM more than match them in emotiveness; the continuo is warm, resonant, and supportive, the full ensemble beautifully unified. The enthusiasm and sense of attack in the plucked strings, counterbalanced by the sweet melodic lines of the upper voices, and the full ensemble’s commitment to the different moods of each section, show the first interpolated sonata to be a real hidden gem.
In the pop-music world, a supergroup is a musical ensemble made up of artists well known for their other solo or ensemble work. Although named separately here, both TENET and ACRONYM are stars in early music. Both ensembles have consistently received the highest praise for both their engaging live performances and recordings, which have included everything from warhorses such as the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 to premiere recordings of works by Biber, Valentini, and now, Schmelzer. This album is TENET’s sixth recording, ACRONYM’s ninth, but their first together, and the combination is nothing short of “super.” A highly recommended album, and may we hope that these two ensembles join forces again."
Early Music America
"Overall, performances at the more intimate Christ Church by sopranos Sarah Yanovitch and MaryRuth Lown, mezzo-sopranos Liz Eschen and Kimberly Sizer Leeds, tenors Patrick Muehleise and Gene Stenger, and baritone Jason Steigerwalt had equaled or surpassed those I’ve heard on recordings conducted by Helmuth Rilling, John Eliot Gardiner, and Masaaki Suzuki."
Classical Voice America