“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 it means that you can expect quality." Yedioth Aharonoth
Myrna Herzog plays and introduces different bowed instruments which were in use in the Middle Ages (vielle), the Renaissance (rabel or rabeca - still used as a folk instrument) and the Baroque (baroque cello, bass viola da gamba and quinton).
Music from the streets and palaces of Baroque Latin America, the fascinating result of a cultural fusion. This baroque sound unique in the world is infused with the Spanish elegance, the prosody and ethnic dance of Indians, the contagious rhythms of Africans, and the flavor of "the streets" celebrations.
A taste of different worlds revolving over the chaconne, including 2 works newly written for PHOENIX by Israeli composers Jonathan Keren and Uri Brener, together with works by György Ligeti, Biagio Marini, Merula, Marais, Purcell, Couperin, Haendel and Gustav Holst.
A concert for the whole family, a true party joining Israeli ensemble PHOENIX and their Italian guests Concerto de’ Cavalieri. The family will have the opportunity to experience the tradition of the Italians and how it can be part of the Israeli culture. Works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Tartini and Torelli, presented by Avigail Arenheim.
A viola da gamba solo recital by Myrna Herzog in Campos de Jordão, S. Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and London: The recital displays a diversity of genres, revealing the viol’s amazing palette of colors. It brings together pieces that, regardless of the time or place they were written, speak straight to one's heart.
The Israeli premiere of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s complete chamber music. Imagination, refinement, pathos and boldness make those works a delight and a privilege to hear.
"Intended for all the ones waiting to hear Rameau – a true delight. In short, the French Baroque highlights of beauty." Hanoch Ron, Yedioth Aharonot
"The Baroque expertise of all four artists took the pieces beyond that of technical know-how, recreating the evocative selection of musical vignettes in all their intricate detail." Pamela Hickman
"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) , on the story of Noah and the Flood, composed at Messina at the end of the 17th century, appeared for the first time in a public concert in Israel, signed by five of the finest Israeli singers and the musicians of Ensemble PHOENIX conducted by Myrna Herzog". Hagai Hitron, HaAretz
“A major event of the 2015 October Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival was the Israeli premiere of Michelangelo Falvetti’s “Il Diluvio Universale” (The Great Flood), to a libretto of Vincenzo Giattini, a work of exceptionally fine quality, its originality and inventiveness fired with fine melodic, harmonic and polyphonic writing. Performing the work were singers and instrumentalists of Ensemble PHOENIX under the direction of the ensemble’s founder and musical director Myrna Herzog, who 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