Halls CD a finalist in BBC music awards
A recording of Purcell sonatas by the Retrospect Trio, with OBF artistic director designate Matthew Halls as harpsichordist, has been nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award as record of the year in the category of Chamber Music.
Fans can vote in the awards, which present 21 nominations over seven categories, selected by a jury of BBC Music Magazine critics from almost 300 five-star recordings reviewed during 2011.
The disc of 12 Purcell Sonatas displays the composer's innate ability at blending influences from French, Italian and English music; exotic dissonances can be heard alongside the unique use of counterpoint to create these exceptional works. It features Retrospect's four Baroque instrumentalist super stars—Sophie Gent (violin), Matthew Truscott (violin), Jonathan Manson (bass viol) and Halls (harpsichord/organ).
The magazine praised it as a CD of the month, observing that the musicians "speak the language of Purcell as if it was their mother tongue." Preview tracks or a download of the CD are available from the Linn Records website.
To vote in the magazine contest, visit the awards website, complete a simple online form, listen to extracts from each recording or DVD, and then vote for your choices. Voters are eligible to win prizes, including a Kemble centennial piano and copies of all the nominated CDs and DVDs. Online voting takes place now through February 29. Winners will be selected at random.
OBF audiences can enjoy the work of Matthew Halls at the harpsichord July 9 during a Bach recital at the 2012 OBF.