Monday, 12 September 2016
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.
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.