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Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)

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Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)

Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 70:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # BKD 373 | Recorded: 2010

This, the second release of the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series, features the Easter Oratorio, one of Bach's best-known oratorios and a monumental work, as well as the Ascension Oratorio. Retrospect Ensemble employs large-scale forces for this recording including four-part choir and orchestra (including timpani). This dynamic recording highlights the skill and brilliance of Bach's writing through the inspired story telling of its star soloists and the passion of the Ensemble.

Anton Steck, L'Arpa Festante & Matthew Halls - Beethoven & Pössinger: Violin Concertos (2017)

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Anton Steck, L'Arpa Festante & Matthew Halls - Beethoven & Pössinger: Violin Concertos (2017)

Anton Steck, L'Arpa Festante & Matthew Halls - Beethoven & Pössinger: Violin Concertos (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 244 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 01:02:01
Classical | Label: Accent

It is unbelievable that such a popular work in the current repertoire as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto Op. 61 only conquered the concert hall around three to four decades after its composition. The work ultimately gained its popularity through two revised printed versions published in Vienna and in London, which both reveal substantial revisions in the solo parts. The quest for Beethoven’s “original version” proves to be extremely complicated, as Beethoven himself offered up to four alternatives to the soloists in some spots of the manuscript. A study of the different inks and quills used in that autograph has allowed the violinist Anton Steck to propose the new und unusual version recorded here, which thanks also to the use of historical instruments results in a tangible and transparent rendering of a very well-known piece.

Matthew Halls, The King’s Consort - Handel: Parnasso in Festa (2008)

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Matthew Halls, The King’s Consort - Handel: Parnasso in Festa (2008)

Matthew Halls, The King’s Consort - Handel: Parnasso in Festa (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 656 Mb | Total time: 131:51 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67701/2 | Recorded: 2008

Hyperion’s Record of the Month sees the long overdue return to the studio of The King’s Consort, under the baton of the group’s newly appointed Artistic Director Matthew Halls. Here the ensemble presents the premiere recording of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa: a unique example in Handel’s enormous creative career of a fully-fledged celebratory serenata (or Festa teatrale). This form was rare in England but had developed in parallel with opera in Italy, where it was popular for commemorating special occasions of international significance. Parnasso in Festa was written for Princess Anne’s marriage to Prince William of Orange.