Dutch Crown Jewels – 18th Century Symphonic Gems from the Court of Orange

The NDA’s new project, Dutch Crown Jewels, will explore rediscovered orchestral music from The Hague’s glittering 18th century Court of Orange. This special recording and concert project will also celebrate the orchestra’s 20 year anniversary in 2022.

The NDA’s previous work on the Dutch symphonic tradition resulted in the world premiere recording of the symphonies of Joseph Schmitt “The Dutch Haydn” (Schmitt Symphonies, NDA, PENTATONE, 2006) and in the very first CD album ever to document The Hague’s own Symphonic School (Crowning Glory, NDA, PENTATONE, 2009).

The new album, Dutch Crown Jewels, will present the NDA’s next installment of exciting finds from the highly cosmopolitan, Dutch 18th century symphonic tradition.

Previous projects include:

JET SET! Classical Glitterati 

The album JET SET Classical Glitterati 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 exquisite Viola Concerto in E-flat.

Listeners streamed tracks from JET SET! and related Murphy/NDA albums more than 1.7 million times during an Apple Music Classical Radio spotlight. BBC 3, MDR Klassik and NPO 4 have also run features on the album. Dutch music magazine, Luister, summed it up as: 

“Sparkling and brilliant … an impressive portrait of an exceptional 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 expressive, adventurous, refined and irrefutably radiant recording which succeeds in illuminating 18th-century music from a different point of view.”