'Johnson sings The Window with discreet passion, brings wit and regret to O Swallow, Swallow and plenty of swagger to his Italian serenades and gondola songs' Tim Ashley, Gramaphone
'An austere but deeply satisfying recital of sonnets set to music by a range of composers.....its full of good things' David Mellor , Classic FM
'Tenor Ben Johnson... with high notes to make you swoon'
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
'An object lesson in communicating the words is his part-one aria “O Lord, how many are my foes”. I find rewarding Johnson’s control and appealing tone, complemented by lovely oboe accompaniment.' Music-web International
'The Italianate edge to his voice, which served him so well in his recent Donizetti and Verdi outings with English National Opera, rings out in the opening stanzas of Canticle I (My Beloved Is Mine) as he embarks on an interpretation of Francis Quarles’s mystic text that is tender, prayerful and entirely devoid of mannerisms. The tone is thereby set for probing accounts of the five Canticles'
Mark Valencia, Classical Source
'That magical moment where the solo tenor voice (Ben Johnson) floats in at the start of part 3 is exquisitely judged…. Johnson has the central role in “Love Songs of Hafiz” and, cruelly high though the line sometimes lies, occupies it with telling emotional panache.'