Inspiring, energising and vibrant", "Radiating joie de vivre" and "A fascinating view of the rich musical traditions of The Hague together with the wonderful orchestral sound of the NDA" are just some of the many highly enthusiastic responses from the international music press to this new disc, released on Dutch label PentaTone Classics.
The CD is the first ever recording to document the symphonic traditions of The Hague's 18th century Court of Orange, presenting world premiere recordings of symphonies by composers resident at the court, including Zappa, Stamitz and the Hofkapellmeister C.E. Graaf. This music was rediscovered by Simon Murphy and the NDA's Research Lab during a pioneering, seven year long research project dedicated to unearthing the city's symphonic heritage.
In the concert on March 24, Simon Murphy and the NDA will perform works from this album in a special performance celebrating the rich 18th century symphonic heritage of city of The Hague. The concert takes place as the city prepares itself for its bid to become European Cultural Capital in 2018.
The concert's programme offers a panoramic view of the musical traditions of The Hague's glittering 18th century court featuring music by several of the court's resident composers as well as by some of the court's many famous 18th century musical visitors. The court's guestbook included the names of such luminaries as Mozart, J.C. Bach, Abel, Hummel, Dussek and Beethoven.
A highpoint of the concert programme will certainly be the performance of one of the of the most exciting musical discoveries made by the NDA in recent years, "The Cello Symphony" in B flat written by The Hague's 18th century cello virtuoso and composer Francesco Zappa.
Other works on the programme include Mozart's Symphony no.5 "The Hague", written during his stay in The Hague in the mid 1760's, and Mozart's classic Andante in C for Flute and Orchestra, written for the Dutchman Ferdinand Dejean in the late 1770's. Completing the programme is the pulsating "Hurdy Gurdy" Symphony by the 18th century Amsterdam composer Joseph Schmitt (otherwise known as the "Dutch Haydn") whose effervescent symphonic works were also highly popular at the court.