Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. The ensemble’s UMS debut in 2011 received rave reviews from those in attendance, and we’re delighted to bring them back with five of Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos in this “brilliant and swaggering” performance. (The London Times)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051
Encore: “Glory in the Meeting House”- Appalachian tune arranged by Jeannette Sorrell
Program Book [PDF]
Apollo’s Fire website
When founding Apollo’s Fire, conductor Jeannette Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke passions in its listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.
Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (The Independent, London), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with BBC broadcast. Apollo’s Fire returned to Europe in fall 2011, as part of a major international tour with French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. The ensemble was met with standing ovations in Madrid (Royal Theatre), Bordeaux (Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra), Lisbon, Metz, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ann Arbor. Apollo’s Fire has released 18 commercial recordings.
This performance marks Apollo’s Fire’s second appearance with UMS, following their UMS debut on November 2011 with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.