APOLLO’S FIRE | The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, director/harpsichord
Alina Ibragimova, violin
Apollo’s Fire under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell have played to packed houses at London’s Wigmore Hall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, Bordeaux’s Grand Opera House, and concert halls throughout North America. Their commitment to personal, emotional communication finds the perfect match in violinist Alina Ibragimova, who has won the hearts of European audiences thanks to her “intensity and commitment that makes her an utterly compelling musician” (The Guardian).
Together, Ibragimova and Apollo’s Fire evoke the atmosphere of the famous coffeehouse in 18th-c. Leipzig, where Bach and his student orchestra played lively concertos. The program includes two of Bach’s beloved Brandenburgs, as well as the E major violin concerto and works by Bach’s admired colleague, Vivaldi. Sparks fly as Apollo’s Fire performs Sorrell’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s “La Folia” (Madness) from memory.