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Leipziger Volkszeitung, Germany, Requiem Ståle Kleiberg:
» ... It is ... Jon Bara Johansen, who tirelessly exacts the smallest details out of the excellent Residenz Orchester Berlin, forms with only a few gestures the voices of the best disposed Ernst Senff Choir to a wholesome sound, accompanies with great emphasis the first class soloists...«

Bergens Tidende, Norway,
Beethoven, Missa Solemnis:

» ... Jon Bara Johansen was a likable conductor acquaintance. The choice of tempo and phrasing had a fascinating mix of humility and authority which added to a sensible interpretation ...«

Dziennik Lodzki, Poland:
» ... The fifth Symphony of Mendelssohn, the "Reformation" Symphony, was interpreted very interesting and with much passion by Mr. Johansen. The conductor led the orchestra in Mendelsohn as well as in the Suite of Grieg from the memory... This presentation was really amazing ... «