Ensemble Profeti della Quinta was founded in the Galilee region of Israel by the bass singer and harpsichordist Elam Rotem, and is based in Basel, Switzerland, where its members undertook further studies of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The ensemble collaborates regularly with colleagues from Switzerland, Japan and Australia, sharing with them similar musical ideas.
Profeti della Quinta have been active in performing and researching hitherto neglected repertoire, such as Emilio de' Cavalieri's Lamentations (1600) and Salomone Rossi's Hashirim asher li'Shlomo (1623), the first publication of polyphony in Hebrew, which they also recorded to critical acclaim. In July 2011 the ensemble won the York Early music young artists competition, and ever since it performs regularly in prestigious music festivals and venues such as the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht (the Netherlands), St. Michel en Thierarche baroque music Festival (France), Musikfestpiele Potsdam (Germany) and many more. Highlights of 2014 include debuts in the USA and in Japan, as well as concerts in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands.
The ensemble has recorded a number of CDs for PAN Classics and Linn Records, including music by Salomone Rossi as well as compositions by Elam Rotem. In 2012 Profeti della Quinta took part in a documentary film about Salomone Rossi, flimed in his hometown of Mantua. Numerous concerts by the ensemble were broadcast live or recorded by classical radio channels such as BBC3 (United Kingdom), France Musique, Switzerland DRS2, Israel's Voice of Music and many more.
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'Amid typically interesting programming, this concert stood out for its texts: the ensemble Profeti della Quinta's exploration of the work of Salomone Rossi, who composed in both Italian and Hebrew for different constituencies in early Baroque Mantua.'more >>Opera Lounge
'...pure, clear and beautiful sound...'more >>Choir & Organ
'...lovingly rendered, textured performances.'more >>Early Music Today
'...marvellously performed.'more >>Gramophone
'...a secure sense of direction and a feel for the music...'more >>MusicWeb International
'...refreshing and retrospective...'more >>International Record Review
'Profeti della Quinta produces a delightful and remarkably flexible sound, clearly committed and devoted to this music.'more >>ProgramZeitung
'...exemplary, subtle and stylish.'more >>American Record Guide
'...the five male singers in the Profeti della Quinta ensemble...interpret the psalm-settings with particular expertise.'more >>MDR
'...extraordinary...'Early Music Review
'impressive...as are the performers'more >>LA Times
Live: '...graciously sophisticated yet subtly mischievous...'more >>Bachtrack
Live Review: '...a cappella vocal lines of penetrating and entwined suppleness...'more >>New York Classical Review
Live Review: '...without the slightest vocal blemish.'more >>New York Arts
'...astonishing quality...technical and expressive...with a good measure of showmanship and humor.'more >>AllMusic
'...especially accomplished...'more >>Toccata alte musik aktuell
'...performed with extreme delicacy...Again and again, one finds oneself in a new world of emotions.'more >>Examiner.com
'If this is a representative sample (and there is no reason to believe it is not), then one can appreciate why Rossi was so admired by the Gonzaga Court.'more >>Profeti della Quinta
'This expertly performed collection deserves recognition as a hidden gem.'more >>Mono and Stereo High-End Magazine
'...many-faceted talents...'more >>