“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.
“Halls responded to the acoustic challenge with a tour de force of precision and clarity, giving the evening the virtuosic intimacy of a chamber music concert. For those willing to make the aural adjustment, Halls’ direction offered breathtaking feats of texture and color, and gave artful structure to each chorus, aria and duet with the […]
“What a squad: in fact a dream team…This was a more complete, unified conception, immensely strong in its narrative…And benefit they did [the chorus], with Hall’s light, pacey, weightless but critically-accented tempos adding propulsion without pressure to the drive of the piece. It was kinda dazzling and I loved it” – Read more at Herald […]
“…I encountered a final “Amen” so hypnotic and absorbing, the fugues full of drama. They sealed the impression that not only is Halls an engagingly graceful conductor to watch, but he’s an imaginative interpreter who can offer fresh insight into a work that you may have thought you knew well” – Read more at twincities.com.