“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
On period instruments, Quartets and Quintets by the two composers, very often compared by their contemporaries in contrasting terms as representing different compositional tendencies and aesthetic worlds.
With Moshe Aron Epstein (classical flute), Ya’akov Rubinstein & Sharon Cohen (violins), Rachel Ringelstein (viola) and Myrna Herzog (cello).
As said Jean-Baptiste Cartier, the famous violin master: “If God wanted to speak to men through music, He would do it with the works of Haydn, but if He himself wished to listen to music, He would choose Boccherini”.
Following the biblical apocryphal book of Enoch, LA CADUTA DELL' ANGELI depicts the rebellion of angels led by Lucifer, their defeat by Archangel Michael and his army of good angels, and their fall into the abyss. Choirs of demons and angels opposing each other, exuberant dances and poignant chromaticism make this a colorful work and a great entertainment. The program is complemented by a Neapolitan cantata by Cristofaro Caresana on the same theme, and instrumental music by Pietro Andrea Ziani, Maurizio Cazzati, Giovanni Battista Vitali and Bernardo Storace..
"First impression: "Wow!"... an exciting encounter with the oratorio... the work is particularly nice and captivating at once, to say the least...."HaAretz
Was Salieri really this mediocre composer depicted in the film Amadeus?
If so, why was Salieri worshipped all over Europe as a great composer?
PHOENIX presents vocal and instrumental music by Mozart and Salieri – and a quiz: let's see if you can really tell who wrote what...
Soloists: Olga Cafiero (Italy), Genevieve Blanchard (classical flute), Gili Rinot (classical clarinet). Conductor: Myrna Herzog
Arcangelo Corelli's music made a true revolution in the European musical world, revealing new possibilities and prompting composers to explore the genres of continuo sonata, trio-sonata and concerto grosso. Our program is a dialogue between Corelli and the succeeding generation of European composers marked by his music.
"If music can be immortal, Corelli’s consorts will be so” - Roger North, 1710
With Lilia Slavny (Holland) and Yaakov Rubinstein (baroque violins), Marina Minkin (harpsichord) and Myrna Herzog (viola da gamba).
On period instruments, PHOENIX presents late fortepiano trios by three composers who had a personal connection: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Josef Haydn and Stephen Storace. The legendary "quartet parties" given by Storace to his friends in Vienna in 1784, had Haydn on the first violin and Mozart on the viola and were considered true "musical feasts". 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 (fortepiano), Lilia Slavny ( violin - Holland) and Myrna Herzog (cello).
PASSION & MADNESS is a musical theatre play written by Myrna Herzog, featuring music and texts by English 17th century composers and playwrights.
With countertenor and actor Alexander Simpson (U.K.), Tali Goldberg and Rachel Ringelstein (baroque violins), Marina Minkin (harpsichord) and Myrna Herzog (viola da gamba ). “One of the current season’s most exciting and unique concerts … a new and inspiring program, one stamped with PHOENIX Ensemble’s signature high quality performance. Not to be missed." Pamela Hickman
Hear Mozart's awesome quintet for clarinet and strings LIVE, performed on the instruments intended by Mozart! Gili Rinot, a virtuoso on historical clarinets, is in charge of the wonderful basset-clarinet, dialoguing with Matan Dagan and Tali Goldberg (violins), Rachel Ringelstein (viola) and Myrna Herzog (cello). Complementing the program, another clarinet quintet by Andreas Romberg and Haydn's dramatic quartet in dm op. 42.
"Clearly delighted by the evening’s program, the festival audience sensed it was in the hands of five outstanding musicians." Pamela Hickman