Gramophone Awards Finalist 2011 - Baroque Vocal
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. o Retrospect Ensemble employs large-scale forces for this recording including four-part choir and orchestra (including timpani), and is joined by Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor) and Peter Harvey (bass). o 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. o This is the Ensemble's second disc and follows its critically acclaimed debut recording of 'Purcell Ten Sonatas in Four Parts', a Finalist at the 2009 Gramophone Awards. o Founded by Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble takes its musicians and audiences on an exciting journey, exploring the repertoire of four centuries and embracing the practices, styles and aesthetics of former ages with renewed vigour and a fresh approach. o Retrospect has performed at concerts across Europe and the Far East and has established an exciting partnership with the Korean National Opera. o Matthew Halls has established himself as one of today's leading young conductors. A former Artistic Director of The King's Consort, he has conducted in prominent venues including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Cité de la Musique, Paris; and the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels.
"Ripe emotional tension...impeccable technique." Gramophone "The playing is immaculate." The Sunday Times