Album: Mozart, Symphony No 40 / Idomeneo (Avie)

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Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the period-instruments orchestra Apollo's Fire was founded in 1992.

Thanks to a new contract, the Mid-west's best-kept musical secret is finally reaching British ears. Conductor Jeannette Sorrell presents an elegantly proportioned "Symphony No 40", with an attractively immediate woodwind sound; the French-influenced "Chaconne" from Idomeneo is vividly characterised and "Parto, m'affretto" (from Lucio Silla) showcases coloratura soprano Amanda Forsythe – a voice to remember.