BBC Disc of the Month
19 October 2012
We are delighted to announce that ‘J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos' has been named ‘Disc of the Month' in the December Issue of BBC Music Magazine which hit the streets today. Retrospect Ensemble and Matthew Halls find themselves in excellent company - a previous ‘Disc of the Month' winner was the bestselling ‘Mozart Symphonies 38-41' by Sir Charles Mackerras.
We'll let BBC Music Magazine tell you why they love this album...
‘Such lean forces create transparent textures, balancing perfectly with the harpsichord, elevated by Bach from its continuo role to soloist.
The recorded sound is intimate, ensuring that the harpsichord's bright overtones are not dulled by distance, and surround-sound creates a wonderful sense of three-dimensional space.
In the Concerto in D minor, strings and harpsichord alternately step forward and retreat in dextrous interplay, with every contrapuntal detail crystal clear.
Hall's sparkling articulation, even at quite moderate tempos, generates enormous exuberance in the final allegro. All in all, an irresistible excuse to linger over kaffee und kuchen.'
Matthew HallsRetrospect EnsembleJ.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos