Exhilarating 18th-century music provides a luxury tour of Europe
On Monday, September 16. Simon Murphy and The New Dutch Academy (NDA) present their new album JET SET! Classical Glitterati (Pentatone) in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The new album follows the musical “jet set” of the 18th century that calls upon the cosmopolitan cultural metropolises of that time, including London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and St Petersburg, but also The Hague and Amsterdam. In addition to the elegant viola concerto by Zelter, and refined symphonies by Abel and Reichardt, orchestral works from the Hague court of Orange by court cellist Zappa and by the first conductor of Felix Meritis in Amsterdam Schmitt will be performed.
As a prelude to this orchestra concert in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, programs of more intimate chamber music works are offered in historic locations in The Hague in the first week of September. They offer an additional picture of these composers.
Wednesday 4 September The Hague Historical Museum 5:30 pm
Thursday, September 5 Pulchri Studio 5:30 pm
Check the website for more info!
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The NDA’s app with musical walk follows the footsteps of the musicians in “The Hague – International City of Music in the 18th Century”. Download via www.newdutchacademy.nl and view the ‘making of’ the album:
The press about JET SET!
“An imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed project.” Limelight (AU)
“Affection for this music and expertise are all about this release.” Early Music America (US)
“Sparkling and beautiful in all its timbre and moods … a convincing portrait of a special cultural period that influenced and permanently changed the sound landscape of the European capitals in the second half of the eighteenth century. Nothing but praise for the musicians for this temperamental, adventurous, refined and without a doubt more radiant recording that manages to shed light on 18th-century music from a different point of view. ”Listen (NL)
“It immediately becomes clear that this ensemble distinguishes itself by its rhetorical capacity, the art of telling a musical story. … And if this album makes clear, Bach student Abel can be put on the programs more often. ”De Volkskrant (NL)
More info can be found at www.simonmurphyconductor.com and www.newdutchacademy.nl
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