Apollo's Fire is an orchestra specializing in early music (Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical) based in Cleveland, Ohio.
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 the period instruments for which it was written. Music Director Jeannette Sorrell gathers a select pool of dynamic and creative early-music artists from throughout North America and Europe. The ensemble has been praised internationally for stylistic freshness and buoyancy, animated spontaneity, technical excellence, and for the creativity of Sorrell’s programming.
Apollo's Fire was founded in 1992 by Jeannette Sorrell, with the assistance of Roger Wright, then Artistic Administrator of the Cleveland Orchestra (now with the BBC). The orchestra received a startup grant from the Cleveland Foundation in 1992, and made its debut to critical acclaim in June of that year. Since then, Apollo’s Fire has performed in Toronto, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Columbus, Detroit, Pittsburgh, with the American Bach Project in Milwaukee, and the New World Symphony’s Baroque Festival in Miami. In 2004 Apollo’s Fire appeared at two prestigious international festivals: the Gilmore International Festival in Michigan, and the Ojai Festival (CA) presenting Bach’s St John Passion with "stunning eloquence."
Apollo’s Fire is frequently broadcast on National Public Radio and can also be heard on Britain’s BBC, Canada’s CBC, European Community Radio, and in Northeast Ohio on WCLV and WKSU. Apollo’s Fire has been featured on several national holiday broadcasts on NPR as well as NPR’s World of Opera and SymphonyCast.
Together with Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire received the 1995 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, given for an outstanding project involving the collaboration of scholars and performers, and was awarded the 1998 Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award for Classical Music.
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01 - Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046: 1. Allegro
02 - Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046: 2. Adagio
03 - Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046: 3. Allegro
04 - Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046: 4. Menuet Trio I
05 - Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046: 5. Polacca Trio II
06 - Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047: 1. Allegro
07 - Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047: 2. Andante
08 - Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047: 3. Allegro Assai
09 - Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048: 1. Allegro
10 - Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048: 2. Adagio
11 - Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048: 3. Allegro
01 - Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049: 1. Allegro
02 - Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049: 2. Andante
03 - Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049: 3. Presto
04 - Concerto No. 5 in G, BWV 1050: 1. Allegro
05 - Concerto No. 5 in G, BWV 1050: 2. Affettuoso
06 - Concerto No. 5 in G, BWV 1050: 3. Allegro
07 - Concerto No. 6 in B flat, BWV 1051: 1. Allegro
08 - Concerto No. 6 in B flat, BWV 1051: 2. Adagio
09 - Concerto No. 6 in B flat, BWV 1051: 3. Allegro
Title: Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Apollo's Fire
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Release Date: 9/12/2000
Label: Electra Records
Catalog #: B00004X0NH
Spars Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 2
Encoded: MP3 format, 256kbps CBR