From The Glasgow Herald:

The Mussorgsky, on the other hand, was the most appropriate work for a day of bleak news, even if there is a rich seam of black comedy in its tales of the Grim Reaper. Sounding very Shostakovian in its opening and closing songs, the Leningrad-trained Brabbins has this music in his blood almost as much as his singer [Sergei Leiferkus] does. — Keith Bruce, The Herald