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Goldberg Variations - Matthew Halls - Musical Pointers

19 April 2010
Musical Pointers
Peter Grahame Woolf

For "straight" accounts on harpsichord, Matthew Halls is as good as any, and his Ruckers/Hemsch/Tucker two manual instrument serves well. I agree with The Scotsman that this masterwork is presented anew "with thrilling affirmation and crystalline clarity, rolled out as an inexorable stream of thought".

The double disc puts the Goldberg Variations in context with two other minor, but delectable, sets of variations. Splendidly recorded, and my chosen image (Stephen Page) suggests that Halls was really enjoying himself in the sessions!

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