“Monstrously satisfying”: Matthew Brook’s Polyphemus

19 November 2008

Matthew Brook has attracted excellent reviews once again for his most recent recording for the Dunedin Consort of Acis and Galatea, released on Linn Records: “…the monster Polypheme in a monstrously satisfying performance by Matthew Brook: one of the most compelling giants on disc in Handel’s Acis and Galatea.” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review, Andrew McGregor). Stephen Pritchard (The Observer) relished the intensity of his performance: “the tremendous Matthew Brook combines power and pathos as Polyphemus.” For more information on this recording, please click here.

Matthew is in high demand for his dramatic interpretations of oratorio repertoire, with 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 this year 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 Richard Hickox, and Zuniga in Carmen at the Opera Comique in Paris.

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