The Beatitudes (Bliss) – BBC Symphony Orchestra
"The soprano Emily Birsan was silvery clear"
- The Times
"Soloists Ben Johnson and Emily Birsan impressed, not least in their bright-timbre but in the apparent ease with which they dispatched their unforgiving vocal lines: “O blessed Jesu” is littered with ungrateful leaps which both singers took in their stride."
"The two soloists – Emily Birsan and Ben Johnson – were well cast . . . Birsan’s sweet top register provided the notes of the pastoral lark."
"The American soprano Emily Birsan is not as yet well-known this side of the Atlantic, but I’m sure we shall be hearing more of her lovely voice in the future."
- Seen and Heard International
"Emily Birsan responded with keen sensitivity and perception to some of Bliss’s most radiant settings for soprano"