Overstory Overture is very much in line with older tonal modernism—it shares some specific colors and vocal phases with some vocal works of Samuel Barber—giving it the unexpected feeling of an extension of the traditions heard on the first half. The work is finely written and meets its goals more successfully than one has heard from Machover in many years.

DiDonato’s rich voice and expressive commitment were integral to this; the beauty of her vocal sound was captivating and the singer’s conviction was often convincing.”

New York Classical Review