“No one concert this group performs is conventional… One cannot deny PHOENIX’s superb musicianship in whatever it tackles. Those of us looking for first class performance will never be disappointed by PHOENIX. It has set new standards for Early Music performance in Israel.” Go Jerusalem
"Ensemble PHOENIX: for the ones looking for baroque programs with originality and quality." Yedioth Aharonoth
"A piece of history, in the history of baroque concerts in Israel: "Il Diluvio Universale", the wonderful Sicilian baroque oratorio by Michelangelo Falvetti (1642-1692) appeared for the first time in a public concert in Israel, signed by five of the finest Israeli singers and Ensemble PHOENIX conducted by Myrna Herzog". Hagai Hitron, HaAretz.
"Myrna Herzog has once again thrilled festival audiences, introducing them to a little-known and rare Baroque treasure that recounts a well-known Bible story with freshness and magic.” Pamela Hickman
Inaugurating PHOENIX's Yvonne Herzog piano series (concerts on her Bluthner 1926 grand piano), Tamir Ben Zvi performs a recital with explanations, dedicated to masterpieces by George Gershwin. Short piano pieces, the memorable songs arranged by Gershwin, Ben-Zvi and others, and of course Rhapsody in Blue in an arrangement for piano solo.
The theme of Madness caused by love has been thoroughly explored by English baroque composers and playwrights. Using this fascinating material, Myrna Herzog put together a musical play telling the story of someone whose passion became tinted by the red color of Madness. The remarkable portraits of each stage, bridged by idiosyncratic instrumental music, are painted Purcell, Locke, Draghi, Blow, Finger, Eccles and Wilson. With Alon Harari (countertenor), Rachel Ringelstein and Tali Goldberg (baroque violins), Marina Minkin (harpsichord) and Myrna Herzog (theatrical & musical direction & viola da gamba).
An imaginary promenade into the isle of Cythera (held as the birthplace of Venus), the mythological world where French aristocracy dwelled, through the magical sound of original French 18th century instruments: two pardessus de viole made by Guersan and Fleury, a quinton made by Chappuy and a bass viol by Castagnery, accompanied by baroque guitar and theorbo.
A beguiling and expressive dialogue between our guest, Italian baroque violinist Fabrizio Longo, and singer Einat Aronstein, acompanied by Aviad Stier on the harpsichord and Myrna Herzog on the viol. The program full of surprises brings us works of Banchieri, Corelli, Bournonville, Vivaldi and Astier.
In the last five years, few works have created such intense emotion in the public as Il Diluvio Universale by Michelangelo Falvetti (1642-92), which PHOENIX premiered at the Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival in Israel with great success. PHOENIX now performs the premiere of the other extant work by the rediscovered composer, the superb NABUCCO, a Sicilian baroque six-voice oratorio based on the Book of Daniel.
In the second half of the 18th century London was a city of unrivaled riches. Ignited by the arrival of the adventurous musical figures of Giardini, J.C. Bach and K.F. Abel, and fueled by the continuous influx of excellent foreign musicians such as Haydn and Stamitz, its concert life set the pace for European cities. This program brings a taste of this amazing times, with works by Haydn, Stamitz, J.C. Bach and Abel.
Some of the most beautiful and moving arias were written by Johann Sebastian Bach for the alto voice. Alon Harari & PHOENIX will perform a collection of those, taken from the cantatas as well as from St. John and St. Matthew Passions. The program is completed by two magnificent trio-sonatas by the great master.