Halls “a thrill to watch” in Mahler with Toronto Symphony

Posted on Apr 21, 2019 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls “a thrill to watch” in Mahler with Toronto Symphony

The TSO’s performance was arresting, reaching deafening peaks and eerie rustles. Perhaps there was a bit of improvisatory adrenaline, since British maestro Matthew Halls had stepped in on short notice to replace an ailing Juanjo Mena. Halls was a thrill to watch, the leader of all that onstage drama that Mahler writes into his score. […]

“Matthew Halls scored a triumph”

Posted on Apr 18, 2019 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
“Matthew Halls scored a triumph”

“…the results were profoundly inspired revelations of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony…Halls had a tall order placed before him and he didn’t flinch…the highlight of the night was Halls’ masterstroke of bringing the third, fourth and fifth movements together in an undifferentiated hymn to contemplation, of life and death, of meaning and mortality, and ultimately, of the […]

Tulsa Symphony “executed clarity and precision under…Halls”

Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Matthew Halls | No Comments
Tulsa Symphony “executed clarity and precision under…Halls”

“The Tulsa Symphony’s performance was…full of all the rambunctious spirit of its trickster’s namesake, yet executed with clarity and precision under the direction of guest conductor Matthew Halls. Halls, making his debut with the orchestra, did not use a baton, instead guiding the ensemble with economical yet expressive gestures to which the players responded with […]

Halls “brought the stage to life” with H&H

Posted on Mar 26, 2019 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls “brought the stage to life” with H&H

“…the chemistry between conductor and ensemble truly brought the stage to life…Halls undeniably has a special ability to unite the ensemble…Halls’s historical performance sensibilities combined with the distinct sonorities of a period orchestra unveiled subtle colorings often hidden in modern orchestral renditions.” -Read more at The Harvard Crimson.  Photo: Courtesy of Sam Brewer

Halls displays “profound understanding” with H&H

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls displays “profound understanding” with H&H

” The only word that could accurately capture Halls’ conducting ability would be ‘versatile.’ His capability to be subtle yet expressive demonstrates his extremely profound understanding of the music and his capacity to transmit that passion to each musician on stage. At several points throughout the concert, Halls extended this connection to the audience, and […]

“A moving Messiah” – Halls and Berger with STLSO

Posted on Dec 8, 2018 in Matthew Halls, Reviews, William Berger | No Comments
“A moving Messiah” – Halls and Berger with STLSO

“…the communication between Halls and his forces never flagged. “Messiah” is a long work, but this performance never dragged…Berger, making his SLSO debut, was a particular standout. His is a rich, well-produced voice, and he sings with feeling and understanding.” – Read more at St. Louis Post Dispatch

Halls makes “auspicious” St. Louis Symphony debut

Posted on Feb 20, 2018 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls makes “auspicious” St. Louis Symphony debut

“Conducting without a baton (as he did for the entire concert), Mr. Halls summoned those dramatic opening chords with a big, sweeping two-armed gesture and took the Adagio maestoso introduction at a relaxed pace that made the brisk first appearance of that main theme, expertly played by Associate Principal clarinet Diana Haskell, that much more […]

Halls leads with “vigor” in St. Louis Symphony debut

Posted on Feb 18, 2018 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls leads with “vigor” in St. Louis Symphony debut

“British conductor Matthew Halls, in his SLSO debut, led with plenty of vigor and no baton…. His account of the Schubert was as well-formed as it was energetic.” — Read more at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Halls’ “thoroughness and integrity” with Toronto Symphony

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “thoroughness and integrity” with Toronto Symphony

“…it is good to be reminded how utterly self-refreshing Handel’s masterpiece is when addressed by the right personnel under a conductor with something to say…I cannot emphasize too strongly the thoroughness and integrity of this interpretation or the high quality of its execution.” — Arthur Kaptainis, Ludwig van Toronto Photo: Jag Gundu

Halls’ “bold energy and élan” with Houston Symphony

Posted on Oct 21, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “bold energy and élan” with Houston Symphony

“Halls led the orchestra in the familiar strains of the first movement with bold energy and élan. The grand, faintly pompous waltz of the 3rd movement gave way to a 4th that felt as though Halls and the orchestra were playing with contained energy. It’s as if they had all the sonic energy of Mozart’s […]