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BBC Music Magazine
'Hall's sparkling articulation generates enormous exuberance...all in all...irresistible.'
'Disc of the Week' BBC Radio 3 CD Review
'One of the Best Classical Albums of 2012' AllMusic.com
'...this is a recording that makes you sit up and listen, both for the verve of the ensemble playing and the range of colours and dynamics Halls produces, and for the sheer ear-popping brilliance of their chosen repertoire.' BBC Online
Having wowed the critics with its 2011 recording of J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios Retrospect Ensemble returns with Bach's Harpsichord Concertos. Director Matthew Halls takes on the role of soloist, having proved both his keyboard virtuosity and affinity with Bach's harpsichord music in his debut solo recording, J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, which IRR named 'Outstanding'.
Bach's harpsichord concertos are full of dazzling virtuosic passages and incredible solo cadenzas; they showcase his natural flair for contrapuntal and chromatic colour and feature re-worked old favourites.
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'...illuminating details, crisp rhythmic articulation and clever yet tasteful ornamentation.'more >>Fanfare
'The readings are buoyant, energetic, and fresh-sounding.'more >>Audiophilia.com
'a very pleasant sound.'more >>theartsdesk.com
'fizzes with energy.'more >>HiFi News
'the clarity and presence are especially remarkable'more >>Gramophone
'This is a joyful and invigorating release.'more >>All music
'AllMusic’s Favorite Classical Instrumental Albums of 2012'Classical CD Review
'an intimate sonic picture that has super-clarity as well as warmth'International Record Review
'...a must-have music disc for all music lovers.'more >>Pizzicato
Review in French.more >>The Irish Times
'...stylish but also sensitively recorded'more >>Early Music Review
'Very highly recommended indeed.'more >>The Sunday Times
'The concertos sound pristine and revealed anew, like cleaned Old Master paintings.'more >>BBC Online
'...sheer ear-popping brilliance...'more >>Music Web International
Recording of the Month: '...anything that Matthew Halls and the Retrospect Ensemble touch seems to turn to
Review in Frenchmore >>Audiophile Audition
'...vigor and fresh approaches'more >>BBC Music Magazine
Disc of the Month: '... vibrant energy'more >>Codaex
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