Ahead of its March 2019 international release, Simon Murphy and The New Dutch Academy's new album, JET SET! Classical Glitterati, is currently on its way to the presses! 


The album follows the musical "jet set" of the 18th century as they "do" the splendid cultural epicentres of the time including London, Berlin, Vienna and St Petersburg. On the programme, world-premiere recordings of symphonies by Abel and Reichardt balance well-loved works by Mozart and Paisiello with Murphy also appearing in the double role of conductor/soloist in Zelter's beautiful Viola Concerto in E-flat. 

JET SET! is Murphy and the NDA's 7th release with long standing partner-label, PENTATONE, and follows their well-received previous album, GRAND TOUR Baroque Road Trip (2017). JET SET! (PTC 5186 787) will be available on disc, on all relevant digital platforms including Spotify and iTunes, with high-resolution download on PENTATONE, and high-resolution streaming on Primephonic. Pre-orders via www.pentatonemusic.com 

The album was made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign (on Kickstarter). Thank you to all of those who made this possible and supported the campaign.


News on the new album, Garden of Eden project and Asia tour


Amongst the many positive, international media responses to the new album, Limelight Magazine has given GRAND TOUR Baroque Road Trip (PENTATONE) a stunning 5 star review. 

"Australian founder and Artistic Director of the New Dutch Academy Simon Murphy has a talent for invigorating the repertoire with energy and conviction. On this new release, he takes listeners on an opulent Baroque roadtrip through 18th-century Europe. A sign of the times, Grand Tour was successfully crowdfunded online in late-2016, connecting the NDA with its audience beyond the concert hall.

Murphy appears as soloist in Telemann’s cheerful Viola Concerto in G and joins violist Annegret Meder on the Bach. The disc highlights a new generation, too, including recorder virtuoso Elisabeth Champollion in Vivaldi’s wonderful Sopranino Recorder Concerto and violinists Rachael Beesley and Sonoko Asabuki with cellist Aleksandra Renska in Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico. Karl Nyhlin performs Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto on the instrument for which it was written, the gallichon (also known as a mandora) – this is, surprisingly, the first such recording. The tour opens and closes on a high note with Handel arias from Myrsini Margariti.

These are vibrant performances, recorded, appropriately, in the immersive acoustics of the Gothic Hall of the Council of the State in The Hague. ... An excellent introduction to the era, Murphy highlights the technical intricacies of the Baroque and the pure joy of the music."

Check out the full, 5 star review here


"Thrilling ... an unforgettable musical journey ... infectious energy ... outstanding playing" are just some of the responses from the international music press to Simon Murphy and The New Dutch Academy's new album GRAND TOUR Baroque Road Trip. Featuring music by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi & Van Wassenaer, the album is Murphy and the NDA's 6th release on Dutch, quality label PENTATONE. 

The Album Launch at The Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 3 September 2017 was an all-round success! 

Check out the album teaser here
Check out the Making Of here
Buy the album on PENTATONE  

Big thanks to all who have contributed to the successful crowdfunding campaign for this recording project! Check out the album info here and the B2B tour info here

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