GRAND TOUR Baroque Road Trip

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 European 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. 

"Thrilling ... an unforgettable musical journey ... infectious energy ... outstanding playing" are just some of the responses from the international music press since the album release in May 2017. 

"Violist Simon Murphy takes us on a musical trip around Europe: Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach. And with this rich and varied programme, one could not wish for a better musical guide than Murphy and his marvellous orchestra. As on their previous 5 CDs, The New Dutch Academy sounds warm and full and you can really hear with just how much enthusiasm Murphy leads his colleague-musicians." Klassieke Zaken, The Netherlands

"Authentic instrumentation and thrilling energy are combined in this tour of the continent. ...  Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy sweep across Europe in this new album ... 
Played on historically accurate instruments, these recordings have a wonderfully involving and atmospheric feel while still being animated by fresh energy. A wonderful collection of music that imagines Baroque pieces as if they were freshly composed." ABC Classic FM, Australia

The disc is Murphy and the NDA's 6th album for Dutch quality label PENTATONE. The September 2017 official album launch concert in Amsterdam's The Concertgebouw was an all-round success. Murphy and the orchestra will continue to tour the album throughout Europe and around the world in the coming years. 

GRAND TOUR Baroque Road Trip Album Cover

Album highlights include Murphy performing Telemann's classic Viola Concerto in G, Swedish lute virtuoso Karl Nyhlin in Vivaldi's sparkling Lute Concerto in D and German recorder star Elisabeth Champollion in Vivaldi's dazzling Flautino Concerto in C. Greek mega-diva, soprano Myrsini Margariti, sings a selection of Handel bravura coloratura arias including the spectacular “Brilla nell'alma”. 

The album follows the group's "legendary" Corelli Concerti Grossi recording, the Edison Award-winning explorations of the Mannheimer Schule symphonists, and the critically acclaimed world premiere recordings of composers from the Dutch Symphonic School including Graaf, Zappa and Joseph Schmitt a.k.a. "The Dutch Haydn" (all on PENTATONE). Both on disc and live in concert, Murphy and the NDA have earned a reputation for delivering innovative programming and compelling, dynamic and engaging performances. They have appeared together at the Bachfest Leipzig, Handel Festspiele Halle, Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht, Istanbul Music Festival, Hong Kong's Premiere Performances, the Sydney Festival, and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Reviews include: 

"Murphy is a musician with "guts": a conductor with the passion and conviction of a born missionary. De Volkskrant, NL 

"Breathtaking. Compelling, technically brilliant and unusually effervescent! Murphy has it all - verve and pulsating temperament - presented with the finest finesse." Concerto, D

"Daring and full of character" Haagsche Courant, NL 

"Sumptuous, vibrant, energetic and wonderfully secure playing"
Gramophone, UK

"Verve and vitality" General-Anzeiger, D

"Vibrant and energising" Toccata, D

"Best of both worlds" BBC Music Magazine, UK

"18th century Rock 'n roll" Luister, NL

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