The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, music director
Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2–6
When Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, performs five of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the results are “brilliant and swaggering” (The Times of London). From fiery strings to colorful recorders to a dizzying harpsichord solo, the concert brims with virtuosity. Apollo’s Fire, which last appeared at Penn State in an October 2010 performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, 1610, has played to sold-out houses at London’s Wigmore Hall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre, the Boston Early Music Festival, and other major venues throughout North America and Europe. The ensemble, which captivates audiences with its dramatic period-instrument performances, brings its special brand of exuberance to Bach’s Baroque masterpieces. Trumpeter Josh Cohen scales the heights in the famous second concerto. And Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichordist and music director, “delivers a brilliant, take-no-captives rendition of the big solo in No. 5,” writes an American Record Guide reviewer. “In all, these performances are lively and unfailingly attractive.”
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab.
Gay D. Dunne and James H. Dunne