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 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 Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809), Carl Philip Stamitz (1745-1801), John Stanley (1712-1786), Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778), Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) and Karl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787).

The muse of the program, Anne Ford, portrayed by Thomas Gainsborough in 1760 in the painting aside, had a knowledge of five foreign languages, was a singer with a beautiful voice  and played several instruments, including the  viola da gamba. She performed at Sunday concerts at her house. Her father, Thomas Ford, refused to allow her to perform publicly. Her earliest attempts to appear in public venues were unsuccessful; her father went so far as to have her arrested twice to prevent her escaping his control. Eventually she made a successful escape, held her first public subscription concert on 18 March 1760, followed by a series of subsequent concerts. Her struggle to perform in public caused scandal and made her famous.

Artists & Program

Ensemble PHOENIX photo by Eliahu FeldmanMoshe Aron Epstein - flute

Lilia Slavny, Noam Schuss  - violin

Myrna Herzog - cello, musical director

Marina Minkin - harpsichord


PROGRAM             תָכְנִית



Carl Philip Stamitz (1745-1801) - Trio in g
Allegro Moderato – Andante - Rondeau Allegretto
קרל פיליפ שטמיץ טריו בסול
אלגרו מודראטו - אנדנטה - רונדו אלגרטו

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) - Trio in G Major Op. 38 n.4
 - Scherzo Allegro
 - Finale Presto
יוזף היידן טריו בסול מז'ור אופ. 38 מס' 4
אדאג'יו - סקרצו אלגרו - פינאלה פרסטו

Joseph Haydn - Harpsichord sonata in D major (Hob. XVI: 37)
Allegro con brio - Largo e sostenuto - Finale: Presto, ma non troppo
יוזף היידן סונטה לצ'מבלו ברה מז'ור (XVI הובוקן: 37)
אלגרו קון בריו - לארגו וסוסטנוטו - פינאלה: פרסטו, מה נון טרופו

Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) - Sonata No. 2 in C Major for Violin, Cello & Continuo, Op. 9 n. I. Moderato – Vivace
קרל פרידריך הבל (1723-1787) - סונטה מס '2 בדו מז'ור לכינור, לצ'לו קונטינואו, אופ. 9 מס' 1
מודראטו – קצבי

John Stanley (1712-1786) – Solo in D for a german flute, Op. 1 No. VII
Largo – Allegro – Siciliana – Gavot Allegro
ג'ון סטנלי (1712-1786) - סולו בר עבור חליל גרמני, אופ. 1 מס' 7
VII לארגו - אלגרו - סיציליאנה - גבוט אלגרו

Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778) - Trio Op.3 No. 6 in b minor
Largo – Allegro – Larghetto – Allegro
תומאס אוגוסטין ארנה (1710-1778) - טריו Op.3 מס '6 בסי מינור
לארגו - אלגרו - לרגאטו - אלגרו

Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) – Concerto for harpsichord Op. 1 no 6 in D "God Save the Queen"
Allegro assai - Andante - Allegro moderato
יוהן כריסטיאן באך (1735-1782) - קונצ'רטו לצ'מבלו אופ. 1 מס '6 ברה, "אלוהים נצור את המלכה"
אלגרו אסאי - אנדנטה - אלגרו מודראטו 

A salon experience


Anne HunterThe chamber music repertoire of our program was delivered usually in the intimate atmosphere of the London salons.

In the late 18th century, Londoners kept weekly salons at their homes.  
Several salons became famous, such as the one maintained by the poet and intellectual Anne Hunter (1742-1821) and her husband, the renowned surgeon and anatomist Dr. John Hunter (1728-1793).
Haydn's music was often performed there, and Haydn himself was among the frequent guests at the Hunters' salon. 
He wrote some of his songs to be performed at the Hunters' salon, and those received lyrics from Anne's pen.


To perform this repertoire in a salon adds another dimension to it, and it is great fun, both for the public and the musicians.