Sunday, 27 April 2014
Simon Murphy will make his début with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPS) this December.
Taking audiences on a musical road trip of 18th century European symphonic centres, Murphy will conduct a series of concerts of Mozart arias and symphonies in a programme specially created by him for the French orchestra.
Following Murphy's pioneering research and performance work on the birth of the symphony and symphony orchestra, the programme features several of his musical discoveries including the Symphony in E flat by J Schmitt a.k.a. "The Dutch Haydn". The performance opens with a newly edited symphony by Mannheim master FX Richter who preceded Pleyel as head of music at Strasbourg Cathedral which celebrates its millennium jubilee (1015 - 2015) this coming year.
German soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto appears as the programme's soloist in works by JC Bach, Cimarosa, Paisiello and Mozart. The programme concludes with Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony.
Explore the programme and read Murphy's personal introduction to the concert
Listen to Murphy's recordings of early Mannheim symphonies by Richter, and Schmitt's "Hurdy Gurdy" Symphony, for PentaTone Classics
Look at a selection of Murphy's other hand-tailored guest-conducting programmes
Check out the concerts on the Strasbourg Philharmonic website