Friday, January 08, 2021

FRIDAY MUSIC: Apollo's Fire, by JD

Named for the classical god of music, healing and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is a GRAMMY®-winning ensemble. The period-instrument orchestra was founded by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, and is dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.

Although they describe themselves as a baroque ensemble it does not mean that they confine themselves to 'baroque' music. They also perform traditional Appalachian music which is descended from the music of Scottish and Irish immigrants to the New World. And they are equally at home with the music of the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain after La Reconquista.

The first video here is their introduction to who and what they are which includes excerpts from their varied programme.

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