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Release Date: Friday 20 August 2010
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Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra founded in 1992 by award-winning harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, launches a major new association with Avie with two releases that exemplify "the intense detailing Sorrell and company bring to music from the Baroque and Classical eras." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer).
These vibrant performances of varied works by Mozart feature popular repertoire brought together in pairings that have not appeared on disc before.
It leads with the composer's darkest Symphony, No. 40 in G minor. American soprano Amanda Forsythe joins the group in a dramatic recitative and virtuoso aria from Lucio Silla. Also included is the Ballet Music from Idomeneo, a festive and rarely-heard suite from the last great work in the opera seria tradition. Rounding out the disc are four lively and entertaining Contradances.
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.
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550
Lucio Silla: In un instante... Parto, m'affretto
(with Amanda Forsythe, soprano)
Ballet Music from Idomeneo, K367
Contredanse in B flat major, K123
Contradance: Menuetto cantabile (Adagio), K463
Kontretänze, K462 (Nos. 5 & 6)