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Episode #4:
Living the Classical Life

For your cozy Sunday at home, Apollo’s Fire goes Classical! We are pairing some gorgeous Mozart videos with an interview from the wonderful online series, Living the Classical Life, with host Zsolt Bognar. Zsolt has interviewed many of the world’s leading concert artists, from Vladimir Ashkenazy to Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Ax. He sat down with Apollo’s Fire’s Jeannette Sorrell about a year ago, and the results were fascinating.

And… we are thrilled to release a NEW video of Mozart’s triumphant Ballet Music from Idomeneo – a signature piece for Apollo’s Fire. Also included here is the stormy Symphony no. 40 in G Minor, and a stunning aria sung by soprano Amanda Forsythe. Enjoy!

Living the Classical Life

“When we started Apollo’s Fire, I was living on Ramen noodles.”

GRAMMY®-winner Jeannette Sorrell recounts how she built one of the largest audiences for baroque music in the U.S. despite having no money, no role model and being told that neither audiences nor musicians would accept a woman as a conductor. She also explains how she leads musicians and audiences alike toward an understanding of a centuries-old aesthetic.

Apollo’s Fire Goes Classical!

“Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor…. was a thrilling experience. Sorrell is an absolute dynamo onstage, and brought the energy and creativity that have granted her celebrity status within the early music world.”
–San Francisco Classical Voice [read more]

MOZART Symphony no. 40, 1st mvt (TEASER – the rest of this video will be released next month!)
MOZART Aria from Lucio Silla, with Amanda Forsythe
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeneo


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“An elegantly proportioned Symphony no. 40… vividly characterized.”

“[Sorrell’s] Mozart achieves a near-perfect combination of real dramatic cogency and the ability to sing.”
–FANFARE Record Magazine

“Thoroughly enjoyable… a glorious sound.”

“An aristocratic knockout. Sorrell achieves phrasings, blends and accents that animate every corner of this masterpiece. The orchestra played with crackling vitality.”


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