Recitals

Recitals on Baroque and Classical Viola, and on Violoncello Piccolo 

Simon Murphy is a highly experienced, specialised recitalist on Baroque and Classical Viola in repertoire ranging from Bach and sons to Graun, Stamitz, Rust, Hummel, Glinka and Mendelssohn, regularly appearing at leading international series, halls and festivals. 

He also performs on the reconstruction of Bach's own cello, the (hand held) Violoncello Piccolo or "baby cello" (sometimes also referred to as the Viola Pomposa or Viola da Spalla), the instrument for which Bach wrote the 6th "Cello" Suite. Recently he was invited to give a special series of recitals on this instrument in original Bach castles as part of the Bachfest Leipzig and Thüringer Bachwochen. 

Murphy's recital partners include lutenist Karl Nyhlin, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and fortepianist Shuann Chai. Alongside solo recitals, Murphy greatly enjoys playing a wide range of chamber music with his colleagues. Recent programmes have explored the genre of the early 19th century Viennese notturno and serenade, music for piano and strings, and music for string quartet, quintet and sextet by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and their lesser-known contemporaries. 

As an added extra, as part of a guest conducting engagement, or in itself for international series and festivals, Simon Murphy offers a range of recital and chamber programmes including the following: 

Family Affair
Solo recital together with harpischordist Mahan Esfahani 
Sonatas by J.S., C.P.E. and W.F. Bach for Baroque Viola and (Obbligato) Harpsichord

Beethoven's Contemporaries 
Solo recital together with fortepianist Shuann Chai 
Sonatas and Fantasies by Mendelssohn, Glinka, Schubert, Rust and Hummel for Classical Viola and Fortepiano 

Bach's Cello
J.S. Bach's 6th Cello Suite performed on the instrument for which it was written - the 5 string hand held (da braccia) Violoncello Piccolo 
Music for Cello and Basso Continuo by Bach's contemporaries including Telemann, De Fesch, Geminiani and Vivaldi 

Goodnight Vienna 
Serenades and Notturni for strings and guitar by Schubert/Matiegka, Molino and Call 

Round Midnight
Lieder by Mendelssohn and Zelter (including "Um Mitternacht"), Beethoven "Moonlight" Sonata, together with chamber music featuring the viola and fortepiano by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn

Take Five 
String Quintets by Beethoven, Spohr and Mendelssohn 

Oktoberfest / Autumn Leaves
String Quartets by members of the original, legendary 18th century Haydn-Dittersdorf-Mozart-Vanhal string quartet

Stabat Mater 
Boccherini's intimate setting for Soprano and String Quintet

Sieben Letzten Worte
Haydn's classic setting for string quartet together with other quartets by Haydn and Dittersdorf