Vivaldi & Friends: La Folia (Madness) & Other Concertos / Apollo's Fire

Audio Samples

>Sorrell, Jeannette : La Folia, concerto grosso for 2 violins, continuo & orchestra (after Vivaldi's Sonata, Op. 1/12)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065
>Rene, Rene Duchiffre (aka : Concerto for 2 violas da gamba in D minor ("Tango")

Album Summary

>Sorrell, Jeannette : La Folia, concerto grosso for 2 violins, continuo & orchestra (after Vivaldi's Sonata, Op. 1/12)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065
>Rene, Rene Duchiffre (aka : Concerto for 2 violas da gamba in D minor ("Tango")
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Notes & Reviews:

Cleveland-based baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire has made an indelible impression since launching on Avie last year, making their Billboard Classical Chart debut in the Top 10. Vivaldi & Friends presents concertos by the Red Priest with a twist: two authentic concertos - one for four violins, the other for two cellos - interspersed with J. S. Bach's transcription of Vivaldi's A minor concerto for four harpsichords and Jeannette Sorrell's own transcription of "Summer" from the ever-popular Four Seasons. In this unique version, she performs the original violin parts on the harpsichord. The album ends with an enigmatic Tango Concerto by contemporary composer René Duchiffre, written in the idiom of Bach and Vivaldi for the unusual combination of two violas da gamba. Vivaldi & Friends is released to coincide with the group's extensive tour with star countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.

Classic FM Magazine
There's a real sense of engagement and fun about this performance. Sorrell's version of La Folia, scored by Vivaldi as a trio sonata, is nicely refreshed by her concerto grosso arrangement...This makes for a particularly varied and enjoyable programme. Some may find the Tango taking things slightly too far, but others will find it curiously effective.

Gramophone Magazine
Jeannette Sorrell's decision to follow Bach's example and do a little arranging of her own is an enterprising one - indeed a daring one when it comes to transforming "Summer" from The Four Seasons into a harpsichord concerto.

The Independent
Apollo's Fire has become one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles, causing one to hear familiar baroque material anew...the showstopper is the vivid "La Folia": I love the strings' halting introductory bars and the way the ensemble picks up speed, building to dizzying whirls evocative of the Moorish dance it's named after.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Paul's Church in Cleveland Heights, OH.



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>Sorrell, Jeannette : La Folia, concerto grosso for 2 violins, continuo & orchestra (after Vivaldi's Sonata, Op. 1/12)
  • Performers: Julie Andrijeski (Violin); Cynthia Roberts (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church in Cleveland Heights, OH (02/22/2008-02/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580
  • Performers: Emlyn Ngai (Violin); Cynthia Roberts (Violin); Naomi Guy (Violin); Min-Young Kim (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
  • Performer: Jeannette Sorrell (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
  • Performers: Susan Napper (Cello); Rene Schiffer (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065
  • Performers: Michael Sponseller (Harpsichord); Jeannette Sorrell (Harpsichord); Janina Ceaser (Harpsichord); Paul Jenkins (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Notes: Composition written: 1730.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>René Duchiffre (aka René Schiffer) (1961 - ) : Concerto for 2 violas da gamba in D minor ("Tango")
  • Performers: Ann Morgan (Voice); Cynthia Roberts (Violin); Min-Young Kim (Violin); Rene Schiffer (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
  • Ensemble: Apollo's Fire
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary