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Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls is the Artistic Director of Retrospect Ensemble, one of the UK's most exciting young conductors and an acclaimed keyboard player.



J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
Matthew Halls directs Retrospect Ensemble in this fascinating recording of Harpsichord Concertos. 

CKD 410  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts
Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts
Retrospect Trio perfectly capture the timeless beauty of Purcell's Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts. 

CKD 374  

J.S. Bach Easter and Ascension Oratorios
J.S. Bach Easter and Ascension Oratorios
A spectacular performance of Bach's choral music led by Matthew Halls. 

CKD 373  

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
Bach's popular works performed by Retrospect Ensemble's Artistic Director, Matthew Halls 

CKD 356  

Henry Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts
Henry Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts
The first recording with this new super-group marks the 350th birthday of Henry Purcell 

CKD 332  

Baroque Recorder Concertos
Baroque Recorder Concertos
The dazzling debut from virtuoso recorder player Pamela Thorby - a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'. 

CKD 217  

Matthew Halls has established himself as one of today's leading young conductors. A former Artistic Director of The King's Consort, he has conducted in prominent venues including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Cité de la Musique, Paris; and the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels. Beyond the early repertoire in which he has initially established his reputation, Halls is known for his passion for the Germanic repertoire, particularly Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Schubert. As a conductor of choral music he has conducted an eclectic cross section of the repertoire, juxtaposing composers as diverse as Byrd and Britten, Gesualdo and Schoenberg.

Now firmly established as a conductor of international repute, Halls' guest conducting includes significant debuts with orchestras such as Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Het Residentie Orkest, Houston Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC.

Having initially established his reputation as a keyboard player, Halls has worked extensively with many of Europe's foremost early music groups and in opera houses including The Netherlands Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper and Komische Oper Berlin. Building on this long established pedigree, Halls has made recent debuts with opera companies such as Handelfestspiele Halle, Salzburg Landestheater, Central City Opera Colorado and Korean National Opera.

An Oxford graduate, Halls subsequently taught at the University for five years. Passionately committed to education and working with young musicians, the development of Retrospect Ensemble's Young Artist Programme has been a priority for him. He is also a tutor for the European Union Baroque Orchestra and regularly teaches on summer schools and courses such as the Jerusalem Early Music Workshop and the Dartington International Summer School.


For further information - www.retrospectensemble.com
Management - www.hazardchase.co.uk
Retrospect in the Charts
29 October 2012
No.13 in the UK Specialist Chart
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BBC Disc of the Month
19 October 2012
for Retrospect Ensemble's Bach
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OBF and Matthew Halls announcement
25 August 2011
OBF names Matthew Halls as Artistic Director
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Retrospect in the Classical Charts
11 April 2011
Bach enters at number 15
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Meeting Matthew Halls
10 February 2011
Matthew Halls in person with BBC Music Magazine
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Limelight
4 Stars
'...illuminating details, crisp rhythmic articulation and clever yet tasteful ornamentation.'
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Opera News
'A new period-instrument ensemble from London brings verve, precision and spontaneity to a recording of J. S. Bach's Easter and Ascension Oratorios.'
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The Consort
'This particular recording, featuring the Retrospect Ensemble, has a lot to recommend it; especially the technically refined and elegant quality of both the orchestra and the soloists. The choruses are refreshingly crisp and bright, sung in a soloistic manner that I find very appealing.'
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BBC Music Magazine
'...irresistible energy.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Chamber Disc of the Month: 'The Retrospect Trio speak the language of Purcell as if it was their mother tongue.'
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allmusic.com
4½ Stars
'The ensemble's sound is exquisite, and the pair of violinists and the basso continuo of bass viol and harpsichord or organ produce a vibrant blend that gleams with authentic period sonorities and ornamentation.'
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International Record Review
IRR Outstanding Award: 'This is an utterly delightful disc.'
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MusicWeb International
'Now they complete the set with the three-part works, in which they are just as recommendable if not even more so.'
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Slipped Disc
'He won the Oregon post fair and square from several impressive candidates.'
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Oregon Music News
'...a rising star in the classical music world with a stellar background in Baroque music...'
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OregonLive.com
'...a bright British conductor...'
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Fanfare
'Heartily recommended.'
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Classica
4 Stars
'...le duo meditative de la soprano et flute traversière idéalment assure par Carolyn Sampson et Rachel Brown.'
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Oregon Music News
'Halls led the Handel piece with crisp stickwork that resulted in a thoroughly engaging performance.'
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tommanoff.com
'...the conductor is an exceptional interpreter of [Purcell's] music.'
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RegistedGuard.com
'...an incisive yet expressive technique that made for an scintillating concert.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
Multichannel Disc of the Month: 'The fact is that there is not a weak link anywhere in this cast...'
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RegistedGuard.com
'early music whiz Matthew Halls'
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Denver Post
'It is brought vividly and organically to life by conductor Matthew Halls, who outdoes himself in his third appearance with the company...'
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MusicWeb International
"...the Linn recording is a must."
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Scotland on Sunday
5 Stars
"There is plenty of action and passion in these two, quite different, works..."
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Gramophone
'The Retrospect Ensemble's orchestral playing and choral singing is of the highest quality...'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...the impression is that of heavenly beauty without earthly weight...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...enjoyably relaxed and unselfconscious performances.'
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International Records Review
'...highly impressive playing...'
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
'...superbement interprétées.'
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San Francisco Classical Voice
'The soloists are all excellent.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'top class'
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The Observer
"Matthew Halls directs sprightly singers and accomplished players."
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The Times
4 Stars
"A disc to make your heart leap."
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AudioVideoHD
'...dirigiendo esta brillante y fresca interpretación de dos de los tres monumentales oratorios de Bach...'
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Early Music Review
'Fielding an excellent group of singers and players, and with soloists of such calibre, this is a landmark Bach recording.'
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
Classical Record of the Week: "Top-drawer Bach throughout, beautifully recorded and documented by Linn."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"Retrospect Ensemble simply sparkles in this repertoire...Johann Sebastian himself would give this one not 5 but 10 stars as well."
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
"Musical highs don't come much better...Conductor Matthew Halls gleans warmth from this wonderful music."
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Classics Today
5 Stars
'...can boast renditions of Bach's Easter and Ascension oratorios as fine as--or better than--any in the catalog.'
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Musical Pointers
"The recording at St Jude's Church in Hampstead...makes the most of a perfect acoustic."
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
'Eine wertvolle, in vieler Hinsicht überzeugende Einspielung.'
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Opus Musica
"En esta grabación exhibe todas las virtudes por las que ha sido calurosamente aplaudido: virtuosismo, sensibilidad, refinamiento y vivacidad."
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High Fidelity
"Warto te plyte miec."
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International Record Review
IRR Outstanding: "[Halls displays] a natural grace and refinement, and a lightness of touch and delicacy of ornamentation..."
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Musical Pointers
"For "straight" accounts on harpsichord, Matthew Halls is as good as any..."
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MusicWeb International
"I had high expectations of his Bach. I was not disappointed."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"I am sure it will be getting a lot of play time at my place."
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Dallas Morning News
"...the most convincing and most moving I've ever heard."
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
"Halls reveals...needle-sharp precision, stylistic awareness and suitably restrained flamboyance."
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