The Power of Love

Touring November 2015

APOLLO’S FIRE | The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor/harpsichord
Amanda Forsythe, soprano

Renowned for its “expressive subtlety, exuberance and passion” (Classical Music Magazine, UK), Apollo’s Fire led by Jeannette Sorrell has been credited with “forging a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music” (BBC Magazine). Their commitment to personal, emotional communication finds the perfect match in soprano Amanda Forsythe, who has taken Covent Garden, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro and the Boston Early Music Festival by storm. Forsythe and Sorrell explore the passions of the Baroque in this program of love, angst and revenge, featuring luscious Handel arias from their forthcoming CD together, as well as fiery Vivaldi concertos. The program closes with Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s “La Folia” (Madness) which the ensemble performs from memory, and which has brought audiences to their feet at Madrid’s Royal Theatre, London’s Wigmore Hall, Bordeaux’s Grand Opera House, and concert halls throughout North America.

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From the Press . . . Amanda Forsythe

“Ms. Forsythe simply dazzling in her fioritura and her altitudinous rages.”
—New York Times

“Amanda Forsythe was the star of the show. Her soprano has just the right amount of weight and vibrato; it soars, spins and sparkles with high dudgeon. She is also a total actress. Rage arias steadily gathered steam and exploded: In “Proverai,” she unleashed her fury at the fickle Osman in a torrent of roulades.”
—Wall Street Journal

From the Press . . . Apollo’s Fire

“Apollo’s Fire has forged a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music… European ears have begun to appreciate the blend of intellect and artistry concocted by harpsichordist Sorrell and her colleagues. Their seductive vision of musical authenticity is guided by a shared commitment to honest emotional expression, rooted in period style yet never its slave.”
—BBC Music Magazine

“Visually charged, minutely stage-managed musical theatrics from Jeannette Sorrell and her irrepressible team of musicians… Utterly sensational, every phrase a Baroque curlicue dipped in gold and then embellished still further. Charismatic and boundlessly energetic… this is Baroque music in its unbuttoned state.”
—TheArtsDesk.com, London

Artwork: A Musical Evening (oil on canvas), Houasse, Michel-Ange (1680-1730) / Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, Spain / Index / Bridgeman Images