Emily Cary: “The Apollo Ensemble performs Jewish musical gems”

In The Washington Examiner, Emily Cary talks with Violinist David Rabinovich of the Apollo Ensemble about the discovery of several works in the Amsterdam’s Ets-Chaim Library and their reconstruction by Ton Koopman, founder of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra:

“We look forward to playing at the Kennedy Center again,” he said. “It’s an amazing venue and the response of the audience was wonderful. They loved several works we played at that time by the Italian composer [Salamon] Rossi, so we will play two sonatas that he wrote for the court about 1622, possibly for a wedding ceremony. They are performed by two violins, cello and harpsichord, a very popular combination at that time. He was one of the founders of the baroque genre and his work is a transition between the late Italian Renaissance and early baroque. Although he was Jewish, he changed his name, as many did at that time.”

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