“Halls, an English conductor, was formerly an organ scholar at Oxford University. Now in his fourth season with the Oregon Bach Festival, he has enormous charm, a fantastic technique and a long conducting résumé. He belongs at the helm of a major orchestra, here or in Europe.” — Read more at Palm Beach Arts Reporter.
“…the sound, under English conductor Matthew Halls, was weighty and richly balanced, with precise playing in strings, deeply refined brass that was well integrated into the orchestra, and piquant wind playing that was full of individual personality and color.” — Read more at South Florida Classical Review.
“The orchestra’s playing was superb throughout — they played with an infectious energy and unfailing accuracy…Halls was himself a ball of energy, and clearly brought that from his players. His choice of an encore, the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 was a bit odd — that mature work had more substance than anything […]
“A modest-sized orchestra took on some large-scale works Thursday night in a concert presented by the Troy Chromatics. The Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg was conducted by Matthew Halls in works of Schubert, Strauss and Beethoven. The results were revelatory, at least at times.” Read more at timesunion.com.
“Mr. Halls, who has honed his early-music credentials as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, brought his own ideas of period style into play, eliciting smooth yet crisply articulated playing at brisk tempos. He observed sectional repeats that many routinely ignore these days, and the lively, buoyant performances made them all the more welcome.” […]
“Musical globalization makes it hard to discern regional differences from other factors, but the Mozarteum, led by British conductor Matthew Halls in the relatively close quarters of the Perelman, had a sound all its own — lean and silken, with a spirit that walked quite comfortably the line between refined and apt to take chances.” […]
“…the program under guest conductor Matthew Halls is more than just complete. It’s marvelous…Durufle’s Requiem is the sort of piece any soul would welcome as the soundtrack to his final ascent. Not just any performance would do, however. To be on the safe side for eternity, one would require a reading like the one Halls […]
“As debuts go, this RPO one was notable for conductor achieving a fine balance between Smart’s individualistic playng and permitting the orchestra to play at full tilt when the composer gives the soloist down time…Working well with the engaging Halls, the packed Town Hall audience was privileged to listen…” — Read more at bachtrack.com.
The nearly 60 members of the chorus sang with vibrancy and precision, and the orchestra played exceptionally well….It seems that most audience members, like this one, found the experience breathtaking. — Read more at The Register-Guard
“The result was a more intimate account of the Mass, and like Halls’ wonderful version of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Vespers” last year, it was a revelation if not a revolution for the festival…Sherezade Panthaki’s rich soprano excelled” – Read more at registerguard.com.