Friday, 23 June 2017

First new album reviews are in

Being featured on “A list” new release playlists, including on iTunes and Spotify, Simon Murphy's new album, GRAND TOUR Baroque Road Trip, has received a warm welcome by the music industry. The album's trailer was also a success on social media, and now the formal press reviews are starting to come in.

Dutch music quarterly MUZE takes the honours for the very first review:

“Inspired by the many pages of travel diaries and reports of musical experiences, Murphy and the NDA plan out their own route with thrilling concertos by Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi and Van Wassenaer. Instead of pastel drawings and sketches, this sonorous travel report consists of atmospheric images in major and minor, with the colours, aromas and tantalising glimpses being impeccably rendered by the music's grandeur, warmth and elegant repose. Matching the infectious energy of the musical adventurers of the time, the outstanding playing of this perfectly attuned ensemble of soloists makes the invitation in the CD booklet to “sit back and enjoy” impossible to refuse. Both the repertoire and the performance of The New Dutch Academy make this an unforgettable musical journey.”

Read full review (in Dutch)



Check out the album teaser here

Check out the Making Of here

Order tickets for the Album Launch at The Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 3 September 2017

Order the album on the PENTATONE website

Check out the B2B tour info here

Friday, 18 November 2016

New Album Tour





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 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.

Supporting the album's international release on 19 May 2017, Murphy and the orchestra will tour the album throughout Europe and around the world from September 2017 onwards.

Check out the album teaser here!

See album tour info here

            




Crowdfunding CD Successful

A big thanks to everyone who helped make the crowdfunding campaign for the new CD Grand Tour - Baroque Road Trip a success!

Check out the crowdfunding site for the results, watch the video and read all about the exciting project!

Monday, 12 September 2016

New CD


Grand Tour
Baroque Road Trip

Simon Murphy will record his sixth album with international Dutch label PENTATONE this October.

Together with The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), the CD takes listeners on a musical Grand Tour of Baroque Europe, visiting Bach in Leipzig, Vivaldi in Venice and Van Wassenaer in The Hague.

            Conductor Simon Murphy


In the double role of viola soloist and music director, Murphy will perform some of the most beautiful music ever written for Baroque viola and orchestra including Telemann's Viola Concerto in G and, together with viola colleague Annegret Meder, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no 6.

Other soloists include Elisabeth Champollion in Vivaldi's effervescent Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C (443) and Karl Nyhlin in Vivaldi's classic Lute Concerto in D. Violinists Rachael Beesley and Sonoko Asabuki and cellist Aleksandra Renska feature in Van Wassenaer's breathtaking Concerto Armonico no 1. Greek soprano Myrsini Margariti completes the album with two bravura coloratura arias, displaying the influence of the instrumental concerto style on Baroque vocal virtuosity.

On Sunday 9 October 2016 at 15:30, the NDA will perform a selection of works from the new CD at an informal presentation as part of the preparations for the recording sessions. NDA Studio, Mooof, Binckhorst 135, The Hague. The CD will be released internationally in Spring 2017 – as a physical SA-CD, for download on Primephonic and i-Tunes, and for streaming on Spotify.

Check out the crowdfunding campaign and promo video and help bring this project to fruition! Reward options ranges from single pre-release CDs and exclusive concert tickets, to a box of 25 signed CDs for your business contacts/family members through to conductor Simon Murphy coming to your house and personally cooking dinner for you and your friends.









Wednesday, 31 August 2016

French Star Soprano Headlines Murphy's Festival Line Up

“A true, voluptuous siren”, “A divine angel”. Young French star soprano Elodie Fonnard headlines Simon Murphy's classical stage programme at the Netherlands' Embassy Festival in The Hague this September.


                   elodie liggend


First revealed to the world by William Christie’s Jardin des Voix, Elodie comes to the Embassy Festival fresh from her recent triumphs on the stages of the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Royal Opera of Versailles, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, New York's Lincoln Center and the Bolshoi in Moscow.

Fonnard has been praised by the international press for her “glorious singing” (The Scotsman), her expressive, poignant, clear voice and admirable stylistic facility (New York Times). “Her voice is clear, supple and beautifully warm. She delivers every phrase with fervour and sensitivity.”

For the 2016 Embassy Festival, she presents a highly personal recital of delicately fragrant, intimate French songs by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Duparc and Poulenc, accompanied by pianist David Saudubray.

Embassy Festival Classical / Jazz Programme

Held annually in the beautiful, historic centre of The Hague, the Netherlands' Embassy Festival is a vibrant and cosmopolitan celebration of the world's musical and culinary arts.

Curated and presented by Dutch-based Australian conductor and violist Simon Murphy (Sydney, 1973), the festival's classical/jazz stage features a rich variety of musical styles performed by leading international musicians in a series of concert programmes of music from 5 continents with repertoire spanning 5 centuries.

Murphy's previous festival editions featured Dutch musical superstars harpist Lavinia Meijer, flautist Felicia van den End, and violinist Frederieke Saeijs, Australian classical saxophonist Amy Dickson, Swedish lute virtuoso Karl Nyhlin, German star-soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto, Norwegian accordionist and ECM recording-artist Frode Haltli, Germany's Boreas Quartett, award-winning Canadian soprano Stefanie True, U.S. pianist Bobby Mitchell and soprano Julia Kogan, the Netherlands' Rembrandt Frerichs Trio and Greek mega diva Myrsini Margariti.

This year's programme again offers audiences a delectable and captivating array of musical styles, from fiery European operatic master-works, to delicate French impressionist musical portraits, to dynamic, modern, new world composition. Music for the ears, eyes, heart, soul and mind.

Festival Location and Atmosphere

A stone's throw away from the city's historic concert halls, opera houses and art galleries, the tree-lined boulevard of The Hague's Lange Voorhout makes the perfect backdrop for the Embassy Festival's international classical and jazz programme. In this inspiring festival setting, along cobblestone streets once walked by Mozart, Beethoven and Dussek, modern audiences now have the opportunity to savour some of the world's most exciting contemporary performers in a series of engaging concert presentations. Other festival offerings include culinary delights from around the world, theatre, street art and more.

Festival Details

Embassy Festival, Lange Voorhout (outside), The Hague
Saturday 3 September 2016, 12:00 to 21:00
Entrance FREE!

www.embassyfestival.com

Festival organiser is Prooost in partnership with the city of The Hague.

For further information on conductor Simon Murphy's other projects and performing activities, visit:
www.simonmurphyconductor.com

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Embassy Festival 2016

Highlights Classical / Jazz Stage Programme


Paula Pérez Romero and Alma Barroca
Rising stars Paula Pérez Romero and Baroque ensemble Alma Barroca present a selection of sparkling Baroque musical gems. With an instrumentation of two violins, theorbo and cello, the programme features works by Italian and Spanish Baroque masters including Vivaldi and Corelli.


Éva Szalai, piano 
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Hungarian National Piano Competition, the Adilia Alieva Competition and the International Alain Marinaro Piano Competition, and graduate of both the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, young Hungarian pianist Éva Szalai has wowed international audiences and the press alike with her “her exquisite musicality, noble performance and genuine devotedness to music”. For the Embassy Festival 2016, Éva performs a powerful solo recital programme of works from her homeland by Bartók, Kurtág and Liszt. www.evaszalai.com


Susanne Herre, Viola da Gamba
German Viola da Gamba virtuoso Susanne Heere gives a particularly internationally themed recital of music for her instrument by legendary 17th century French composer and Viola da Gamba player, Marin Marais. Susanne's programme includes Marais' L'Americaine, La Georgienne, and La Polonoise, as well as extracts from his Folies d'Espagne and other works including his mesmerising Les voix humaines.


Aldona Bartnik, soprano
Maurice Lammerts van Bueren, piano 
Award-winning Polish soprano Aldona Bartnik presents a colourful, hand-selected programme of Polish art-songs including works by Chopin, Szymanowski, Paderewski and Lutoslawski. Exploring the musical languages of Polish Romanticism, Expressionism and Impressionism, Aldona's programme entitled Melancholia looks especially at the influence of Polish folk music on the development of Polish art-music and identity. Of this rich source of inspiration, Polish composer Szymanowski said that he had absorbed the intense beauty of Góral (Polish Highlander) music, dance and architecture into his “innermost soul”. www.aldonabartnik.com


Anna Stegmann, Recorder
German recorder virtuoso Anna Stegmann performs music from Van Eyck's Dutch Golden Age musical masterpiece “Der Fluyten Lust-hof”. Originally designed to dazzle and enchant visitors in his courtyard on a summer evening, Van Eyck's sensual collection is one of the largest and richest from the 17th century for a solo instrument.  “Dazzling”, “outstanding recorder playing” (Limelight), “wonderfully cultivated tone, beautiful phrasing” (Klassik), Anna performs a selection of mesmerising musical numbers by Van Eyck including Engels Nachtingal, Wat zal men op den Avond doen and the classic Amarilli mia bella in a refreshing musical interlude of sweet summer serenades deigned to bewitch and beguile both ear and eye. www.anna-stegmann.com


Elodie Fonnard, Soprano
“A true, voluptuous siren”, “A divine angel”. Young French star soprano Elodie Fonnard has been praised by the international press for her “glorious singing” (The Scotsman), her expressive, poignant, clear voice and admirable stylistic facility (New York Times). “Her voice is clear, supple and beautifully warm. She delivers every phrase with fervour and sensitivity.”

First revealed to the world by William Christie’s Jardin des Voix, Elodie comes to the Embassy Festival fresh from her recent triumphs on the stages of the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Royal Opera of Versailles, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, New York's Lincoln Center and the Bolshoi in Moscow.

For the 2016 Embassy Festival, Elodie presents a highly personal recital of delicately fragrant, intimate French songs by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Duparc and Poulenc, accompanied by pianist David Saudubray. www.elodiefonnard.com


Maria Marin, Voice and Guitar
Celebrating Frederico Garcia Lorca's famous statement that “flamenco singing is the deep song which comes from remote races, crossing the cemetery of the years and it comes from the frontiers of the withered winds. It comes from the first cry and the first kiss”, Spanish, flamenco singer and guitarist Maria Marin performs an intoxicating programme of sensual and passionate works by Isaac Albéniz, Feliu Gasull, Miguel Llobet and Manuel de Falla. For Maria herself, performing flamenco is an intense and deeply personal experience. “To play guitar and sing is my way of life and of expressing the emotions - from pain, suffering and people's cries, through to love and joy”. http://mariamarinmusic.com/es/


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Programming and Presentation by Simon Murphy, 2016
www.simonmurphyconductor.com

Monday, 4 April 2016

Mrs Cornelys' Entertainments


Baroque Burlesque
18th Century Variété

Enthusiastically reviewed in the Dutch press as "fresh and playful Baroque - a feast for the eyes and ears" in which "the theatrical elements worked beautifully", this November in the Netherlands, Simon Murphy presented a new production of his "Baroque Burlesque" "18th Century Variety Show", Mrs Cornelys'  Entertainments. 

Featuring Swedish Baroque dancer Karin Modigh in the title role, the production explores the glittering world of the infamous Mrs Cornelys a.k.a. The Empress of Pleasure, her scandalous masked balls of the 1760's and 1770's, and related figures including Lord Sandwich, actor and playwright Garrick, designer Chippendale, and the composers JC Bach and Abel.

Based on a concept by Simon Murphy, the new production follows the successful 2012 pilot. The show features arias, songs, instrumental and dance music by Abel, JC Bach, Handel, Boyce, Cimarosa, Gluck, Dittersdorf and Mozart, script by Simon Murphy, and choreographies by Karin Modigh and Caroline Copeland.

Murphy and the NDA will tour the show internationally from 2017, featuring new costumes currently being designed and created by Swedish costumier Anna Kjellsdotter.

             

Check out the production details

Bookings and enquiries info@newdutchacademy.nl

Credits

Mrs Cornelys' Entertainments - Baroque Burlesque or An 18th Century Variété
A Show by Simon Murphy
Concept, Script and Music Selection Simon Murphy
Choreography Caroline Copeland and Karin Modigh
Music Director Simon Murphy
Baroque Dance Karin Modigh and Caroline Copeland
Soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto
The Chamber Soloists of The New Dutch Academy Concertmaster Rachael Beesley
Music by Handel, Abel, JC Bach, Arne, Boyce, Mozart, Gluck, Storace, Kotzwarra, Paisiello, Cimarosa and Dittersdorf
With thanks to Joy Havens, Anna Kjellsdotter and Lieven Baert, The City of The Hague and Prins Berhard Cultuurfonds (Zuid Holland)
www.simonmurphyconductor.com  www.newdutchacademy.nl
Photography by Fernando van Teijlingen
Production Trailer by Rene Louter © Simon Murphy, 2016
Show, Programme and Concept © Simon Murphy, 2016. All rights reserved.

         




Murphy and NDA open Dutch EU Presidency at Turkish State Opera


Conductor Simon Murphy and members of The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), opened the year with a very special performance at the Turkish State Opera in Ankara on 5 January. The concert event officially launched the 2016 Dutch Presidency of the EU in Turkey.

The invitation follows a successful appearance at the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival in 2015 as well as a successful series of special hand-tailored cultural diplomacy programmes created and performed by Murphy and the NDA in recent years for the Dutch government for major bilateral events, including in Rome, New York and Beijing.