“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.
“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.
“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 […]
“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.
“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
“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, 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 […]