The new album from conductor and Baroque violist Simon Murphy and his award-winning Baroque orchestra from The Hague, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), is a celebration of the variety, vibrancy and vitality of the European Baroque.
With Grand Tour - Baroque Road Trip, Murphy takes audiences on an exciting musical journey across Baroque Europe, meeting legendary musical personalities in the glittering musical centres of the time - from Bach in Leipzig to Handel in London, from Vivaldi in Venice to Van Wassenaer in The Hague.
The disc is Murphy and the NDA's 6th album for Dutch quality label PENTATONE and will be released internationally on 19 May 2017. Murphy and the orchestra will tour the album throughout Europe and around the world in 2017 and 2018. The album launch will be held on 3 September (matinee) 2017 in Amsterdam's The Concertgebouw.
Album highlights include Murphy performing Telemann's classic Viola Concerto in G, Swedish lute virtuoso Karl Nyhlin in Vivaldi's sparkling Lute Concerto in D and German recorder star Elisabeth Champollion in Vivaldi's dazzling Flautino Concerto in C. Greek mega-diva, soprano Myrsini Margariti, sings a selection of Handel bravura coloratura arias including the spectacular “Brilla nell'alma”.
The album follows the group's "legendary" Corelli Concerti Grossi recording, the Edison Award-winning explorations of the Mannheimer Schule symphonists, and the critically acclaimed world premiere recordings of composers from the Dutch Symphonic School including Graaf, Zappa and Joseph Schmitt a.k.a. "The Dutch Haydn" (all on PENTATONE).
Both on disc and live in concert, Murphy and the NDA have earned a reputation for delivering innovative programming and compelling, dynamic and engaging performances. They have appeared together at the Bachfest Leipzig, Handel Festspiele Halle, Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht, Istanbul Music Festival, Hong Kong's Premiere Performances, the Sydney Festival, and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Reviews include:
"Murphy is a musician with "guts": a conductor with the passion and conviction of a born missionary. De Volkskrant, NL
"Breathtaking. Compelling, technically brilliant and unusually effervescent! Murphy has it all - verve and pulsating temperament - presented with the finest finesse." Concerto, D
"Daring and full of character" Haagsche Courant, NL
"Sumptuous, vibrant, energetic and wonderfully secure playing"
"Verve and vitality" General-Anzeiger, D
"Vibrant and energising" Toccata, D
"Best of both worlds" BBC Music Magazine, UK
"18th century Rock 'n roll" Luister, NL
Press information & Concert bookings
+ 31 614 975 395
Pentatone Album Press Release (coming soon)