M A T T H E W W A D S W O R T H
R E V I E W S
"The fresh, sappy soprano of Carolyn Sampson and the finely nuanced lute playing of Matthew Wadsworth…an always welcome double act…
Hilary Finch, The Times, January 2013
“Matthew Wadsworth really is a quite extraordinary musician, graceful, civilised and intelligent. He has an enormous ability to draw an audience into his own world.”
Early Music Review
"Lutenist Matthew Wadsworth dazzles with his dexterity"
“Rising stars of 2005” - The Independent Magazine
" ...you get the feeling that he's playing for himself and for you, but not for a big public. Gestures are subtle, with an expressive range which flatters sophisticated ears... perhaps because he always plays from the heart, there's an inner power and sincerity to his performances which make for compelling listening...”
Simon Heighes, International Record Review
“Matthew Wadsworth sustains these [three weighty pavans for solo lute] magnificently, not least by the fine and purposeful legato as he delays fingering changes until the last possible moment. The dance music by contrast, is buoyantly rhythmical… a very distinguished release”
CD 'Away Delights' - Jonathan Woolf, www.musicweb-international.com
"...the expressive rhetoric of Johnson's solo music is thoroughly explored by Wadsworth - the pavans and almains which punctuate the recital are transformed by stylish, insightful playing into beautiful meditations"
William Yeoman, Gramophone
"Wadsworth woke the lute so gently that its voice seemed to emerge almost imperceptibly from the silence..."
William Yeoman, www.classicalsource.com
"Matthew Wadsworth speaks the Baroque language like a native"
BBC Music Magazine, CD Pick of the Month
"Matthew Wadsworth has an imperious command of some impressive solo material"
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone Editor's choice
"Rosseter's discographic neglect is all the more surprising given the sheer quality of his lute solos and songs, performed here with great subtlety and expressive nuance by Matthew Wadsworth and James Gilchrist. Wadsworth's intensely focused playing flows direct from the heart. Recommended."
CD When Laura Smile - Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine