Brandenburg Concertos

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Brandenburg Concertos
Brandenburg Concertos“…these readings are nothing short of spectacular in every way… Jeannette Sorrell is somewhat of a wunderkind the way she stormed on the scene about 20 years ago, and Apollo’s Fire has lived up to its name. The brandished tone that the ensemble provides for especially the first and last concerto (the strings are simply superb in No. 6) has to be heard to be believed. Even though the risky no. 2 is a bane of trumpet players everywhere, John Thiessen negotiates its trickery about as well as any period trumpet I have heard. No. 3 is speedy but reasonably so without sounding stressed, while No. 4’s punchy flutes have never sounded better. Best of all, the harpsichord-dominated No. 5 is played with great verve by Sorrell, the amazing cadenza in the first movement well-conceived and temperately executed. – Steve Ritter, Audiophile Audition

“Led by a brilliant harpsichordist, Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble exudes stylish energy … a blend of scholarship and visceral intensity.” — Gramophone)

“Apollo’s Fire has developed into one of America’s leading Baroque orchestras, and one capable of competing with some of Europe’s much-recorded bands.” — Boston Globe )

Apollo’s Fire, the baroque orchestra founded in 1992 by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, launches a major new association with Avie! The two-CD Bach set takes the ever-popular Brandenburg Concertos and uniquely couples them with two Harpsichord Concertos, one of which is also presented in a reconstruction for violin. Taking its name from the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is dedicated to the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. Founder and Music Director Jeannette Sorrell and her ensemble of dynamic and creative early-music artists from North America and Europe have been praised internationally for stylistic freshness and buoyancy, animated spontaneity, technical excellence, and creative programming. An award-winning harpsichordist and conductor, Sorrell studied with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam and Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood. The ensemble has toured throughout North America and is frequently heard on National Public Radio.

Artists: J.S. BACH
Company: Avie (2010-07-13) (2010-07-13)
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