Turkey Tour
2 Jun 2015
Music News
Simon Murphy and The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), will appear at the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival this June performing their internationally successful concert programme “Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries”. Other festival-artists include mezzosoprano Magdalena Kožená, Lars Vogt and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Arabella Steinbacher and the Lucerne Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, Yuja Wang, Kim Kashkashian, and The Borodin String Quartet.

Created by international award-winning conductor Murphy, the programme celebrates the richness, inventiveness and enormous variety present in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries – particularly in the music of Bach and in the musical gems written by his Dutch contemporaries. Delivering an intimate and personal musical experience, Murphy offers a captivating view of the cosmopolitan European music scene of the period, brought to life in an authentic, immediate, personal and dynamic sound-scape.

The programme features breathtaking Dutch Baroque works by Hacquart – a member of the Huygens circle and the composer of the very first opera written in Dutch – as well as by The Hague statesman Van Wassenaer, by Handel’s Dutch concertmaster De Fesch, and by Schickhardt from his revolutionary L’Alphabet de la musique, a collection of 24 sonatas with one appearing in each (!) of the musical keys.

German star Soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto will sing classic Bach arias such as “Bist du bei mir” and “Schlummert ein”, and Handel’s beautifully rejuvenating spring aria “Meine Seele hört im Sehen”, and recorder virtuoso Elisabeth Champollion will perform Vivaldi's sopranino concerto in C (RV 443). For the performances in Turkey, Murphy will also include music by Bach's flautist Buffardin and by Bach's brother, both residents of Istanbul in the early 18th century.

In 2006, Murphy toured the programme to Australia, with highly successful subsequent tours to Canada and the US in 2007 and 2009, and Hong Kong and China in 2014. He has performed the programme in various forms throughout Europe on the festival circuit, including at the prestigious Bachfest Leipzig in 2010. In 2013, at home in The Hague, Murphy and the NDA were invited to perform a very special version of the programme for the Dutch Council of State and the Dutch royal family (pictured below).

Murphy and the NDA's appearance at the Istanbul Music Festival is supported by the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. During the tour, the NDA give a special concert performance for embassy guests in Ankara, alongside the main festival performance in Istanbul.


Live in Concert, Video

Live in Concert, Audio

Programme Background

43rd Istanbul Music Festival Info,286094