Gramophone Recording of the Month: Matthew Brook’s Polyphemus

2 February 2009

The excellent reviews of Dunedin Consort’s Acis and Galatea, on which Matthew Brook sings Polyphemus, have continued to appear in the national press, and the disc has just received the accolade of Gramophone Recording of the Month for January 2009. Matthew is praised for his “extrovert, powerful, and amusing” portrayal of the monster, which nonetheless “arouses pity and tenderness from the listener” (David Vickers, The Gramophone).

Matthew’s engagements this season and beyond including Bach’s St Matthew Passion for the Netherlands Bach Society; Bach’s St John Passion with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Oleg Caetani; his debut appearance at the Tonhalle, Zurich in a concert conducted by Marcus Creed; as well as Nielson’s Symphony no. 3 with the Hallé Orchestra and Mark Elder, Friar Tuck from Sullivan’s Ivanhoe (Chandos recording) with David Lloyd-Jones, and Zuniga in Carmen at the Opera Comique in Paris.

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