“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
The Goldberg variations written originally for harpsichord (1741) is one of Bach’s most important works, stunning in the variety of genres it addresses.
PHOENIX performs Bernard Labadie’s brilliant and ground-breaking version for strings and continuo, revealing the awesome wealth of music beyond the harpsichord.
"One could appreciate Bach’s contrapuntal ingenuity in all its glory". Ury Eppstein, The Jerusalem Post
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It is certain that Bach and Telemann competed in the music market of their time. Being Telemann more famous, Bach only got his Thomaskirche post in 1722 because Telemann had turned it down.
This program gives us the opportunity to enjoy and compare the two foremost composers whose musical personalities are so very distinct.
With Moshe Aron Epstein (baroque flute), Myrna Herzog (viola da gamba and musical direction), Marina Minkin (harpsichord) and Marina Katz (baroque cello).
Enjoying David Shemer’s grand fortepiano, Ensemble PHOENIX on period instruments presents late fortepiano trios by three composers who had a personal connection: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Josef Haydn and Stephen Storace. It is a pleasant surprise to hear the nearly unknown Storace trios, side by side with two of the most beloved trios by Mozart (KV 542) and Haydn (the f# minor trio) - here in a Beethovenesque phase. With David Shemer (grand fortepiano), Rachel Ringelstein ( violin) and Myrna Herzog (cello).