Coming concerts

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


Magic Carpet 
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A Magic Carpet brings together Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and Israeli viol player Myrna Herzog
in an emotional and fascinating encounter, at the Felicja Blumental International Music Festival. 
In the program, music by Bach, Bohuslav Martinů, Haim Alexander, Edmundo Vilani Côrtes, François Couperin's Ritratto dell’amore (The portrait of Love) and the premiere of Uri Brener's Magic Carpet - written for the occasion.


Bach: The Goldberg Variations

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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. 

"An outstanding performance... a rich, meaningful musical experience... The PHOENIX players’ intelligent, virtuosic, profoundly inquiring, sensitive and nuanced performance confirms that the greatness of the Goldbergs goes far beyond the keyboard, opening the floodgates for new interpretative possibilities of this ingenious work, all wrought of the same harpsichord score.... Pamela Hickman

"Excellent performance... significant artistic achievement... one could appreciate Bach’s contrapuntal ingenuity in all its glory". Ury Eppstein, The Jerusalem Post


Friends and Colleagues: Bach and Telemann
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Far from being rivals, Bach and Telemann were friends and mutual admirers.
This program gives us the opportunity to enjoy great music by 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).


Murder, Mystery, Music

Detetive e lupa"Ensemble PHOENIX reveals rumours and scandal around the lives (and deaths) of several Baroque composers [Stradella, Purcell, Jean-Marie Leclair, Forqueray and even J.S. Bach]... A fine program of beautiful playing, interest and a humorous dimension. A treat awaits those intending to attend the concert in the Old Masters Gallery of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art."  Pamela Hickman


Late Fortepiano Trios

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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).



Leonora Duarte, Palazzo and Synagogue
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From the house concerts at the Duarte palazzo, attended by Antwerp's elite, to the songs chanted at the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam (known as 'HaMakom’ for its openness and tolerance of Jews), a glimpse into the musical world of Marranos and Jews in the Low Countries in the 17th century.


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מוזיקה היוצאת דופן שהשפיעה על המלחינים החשובים ביותר במאה ה-18.
הכירו את הרקוויאם שעורר השראה אצל מוצרט, והמגניפיקט שהפעים את באך.
תהנו מהסתיו מארבע עונות מאת ויואלדי ומשיר גונדולה! 


Dante's Italy
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Italian Medieval music on period instruments celebrating Dante Alighieri ( 1265 – 1321). In the program, 14th century music by Egidius and Guglielmus de Francia, Francesco Landini, from the Laudario di Cortona and from the Italian Florentine manuscript GB-Lbl Add. MS 29987.
With Michal Okon (soprano), Inbar Salomon (recorders), Iris Eyal (harp and percussion), Myrna Herzog (vielle and musical direction).