Spring 2013 Concert

The Apollo Ensemble
Jewish Baroque Treasures from Italy and Amsterdam

The Apollo Ensemble: Jewish Baroque Treasures from Italy and Amsterdam
  • Terrace Theater
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • May 13th, 2013

Musicians

Siri Karoline Thornhill, soprano
David Rabinovich, violin
Lilia Slavny, violin
Cassandra Luckhardt, violoncello
Michiel Niessen, theorbo
Thomas Oltheten, bassoon
Marion Boshuizen, harpsichord/organ

Concert Summary

Founded in 1992, Amsterdam’s Apollo Ensemble made its American debut with Pro Musica Hebraica in 2009. They have gone from strength to strength since then and are in demand internationally for their important contributions to the presentation of Jewish Baroque music.

The group returned with some rare treasures from the Etz-Chaim Library in Amsterdam, which houses a splendid collection of Jewish music spanning several centuries. Ton Koopman, founder of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, was so impressed with the dedication and work of the Apollo Ensemble that he agreed to reconstruct and complete three works never performed works from the Etz Hayim collection: Boi b’Shalom by Lidarti, Le-el Nora by Mani, and Kol Haneshama by an anonymous composer. Other works performed in this unique concert were by Salomon Rossi, Marco Uccellini, and Giacobo Basevi Cervetto.

Concert Program

MANI: Le-el nora, soprano, 2 violins, and basso continuo (arr. Ton Koopman)
ROSSI: Sonata sopra porto celato, 2 violins and basso continuo
ANONYMOUS: Kol Haneshama / Halleluya, soprano and basso continuo (arr. Ton Koopman)
UCCELLINI: Sonate la Ebreo marinata, Op 4:3, violin and basso continuo
MANI: Le-el nora, soprano, violin, and basso continuo (arr. Ton Koopman)
ROSSI: Sonata detta la Viena, 2 violins and basso continuo
LIDARTI: Boi b’shalom, soprano, 2 violins, and basso continuo
CERVETTO: Sonate No. 2 in C Major, violoncello and basso continuo
MARCELLO: Salmo XIV, soprano and basso continuo
HANDEL: Triosonate Op. 2, No. 5 in G minor, 2 violins and basso continuo
LIDARTI: Kol Haneshama, soprano, 2 violins, and basso continuo

“It is pure baroque music of the most compelling kind, with many sparkling instrumental interludes.”
—Leeuwarder Courant