Halls leads Oregon Bach Festival to powerful conclusion with superb ‘Missa Solemnis’

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls leads Oregon Bach Festival to powerful conclusion with superb ‘Missa Solemnis’

“One of Halls’ many strengths is his ability to keep the musical momentum moving forward, no matter what interpretive obstacles the music presents….a powerful conclusion to another successful Oregon Bach Festival.” — Read more at The Register Guard.

Halls leads with “nuance and perfect dramatic timing”

Posted on May 21, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls leads with “nuance and perfect dramatic timing”

“Guest conductor Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, led the program – which also included Shakespeare-themed music in the first half of the program — with nuance and perfect dramatic timing.” — Read more at cincinnati.com.

Halls’ “impassioned performance” with Calgary Philharmonic

Posted on May 6, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “impassioned performance” with Calgary Philharmonic

“The concert opened with Ravel’s always welcome Pavan for a Dead Princess, a melodic gem and one of the composer’s most popular works. Gentle and pliant, this too was eloquently rendered by Halls and the CPO, opening a concert filled with beautiful music performed with the competence and care that Calgarians have become increasingly accustomed […]

Halls leads DSO in fresh and vibrant “nature” program of Vivaldi and Beethoven

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls leads DSO in fresh and vibrant “nature” program of Vivaldi and Beethoven

“The orchestra’s dynamic range, as it traveled through Beethoven’s pleasant meadows and thunderstorms, was as broad as the modern orchestra can create, yet still maintained, under Halls’ guidance, a sense of classical precision.” — Read more at Texas Classical Review.

Halls’ “vividly illustrative” performance with Dallas Symphony

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “vividly illustrative” performance with Dallas Symphony

“Matthew Halls led fresh, caringly detailed performances of both works…With just two dozen strings for the Vivaldi, Halls molded a performance at once suavely stylish and vividly illustrative…Let’s hope Halls returns early and often.” — Read more at dallasnews.com. Photo: Michael Ainsworth

Halls, Bragle, Dobson, & Panthaki deliver Mozart’s Requiem in Milwaukee

Halls, Bragle, Dobson, & Panthaki deliver Mozart’s Requiem in Milwaukee

“Guest conductor Matthew Halls led the orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, and soprano Sherezade Panthaki, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Lawrence Wiliford and baritone Alexander Dobson in an emotionally charged performance.” — Read more at jsonline.com. Photo: Jonathan Kirn / MSO

Halls has “enormous charm, a fantastic technique”

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Matthew Halls | No Comments
Halls has “enormous charm, a fantastic technique”

“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.

Halls’ sound is “weighty and richly balanced” with Mozarteum Orchestra

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ sound is “weighty and richly balanced” with Mozarteum Orchestra

“…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.

Halls brings “blazing intensity” to Palm Beach

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls brings “blazing intensity” to Palm Beach

“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 […]

Halls and Mozarteum Orchestra are “revelatory”

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls and Mozarteum Orchestra are “revelatory”

“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.