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New NDA CD Album - Grand Tour - Baroque Road Trip
This October, I will record, together with The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), our new CD "Grand Tour - Baroque Road Trip". This will be our sixth album for the international Dutch quality label PENTATONE and will be released internationally in the Spring of 2017.
We need your help to make this album a reality, by becoming part of our project family and joining the campaign. This is about so much more than making beautiful music (though important in itself!); as the video suggests, it is about creating a unique and innovative recording of what I believe to be some of the absolute highlights of an era and genre, in collaboration with some very special people in my life. You will be warmly welcomed into this family, and be able to listen to the result with that feeling of being a part of something that I know will be special.
Following the NDA's previous, successful (international award-winning!) CDs on PENTATONE, including those exploring the foundations of the classical symphony (such as the Mannheim and Dutch symphonic schools), our new album takes listeners on a musical Grand Tour of Baroque Europe and celebrates the richness and vitality of the genre of the Baroque concerto, visiting Bach in Leipzig, Vivaldi in Venice and Van Wassenaer in The Hague. The disc will be recorded in the heart of historic The Hague, in Van Wassenaer's former city palace (now the Council of State), by the team from Polyhymnia International with which we have made our previous PENTATONE CDs and many of our live recordings. I love working with them, both during the sessions and later in the studio editing and mixing, and am very proud of the distinctive sound we create together - full of richness, energy and refinement.
On the disc, I will also appear as a soloist, performing some of the most beautiful works for Baroque viola and orchestra including Telemann's sunny and smiley Viola Concerto in G, and together with my viola colleague and old friend from Leipzig (!), Annegret Meder, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no 6. To record this together with Annegret has been a dream for many years, and it's very exciting that it's now happening! Also, personally, as I have mostly been working as a conductor in recent years, so it's so nice to return to my instrument and record some of the music I have worked so hard to be able to play (35 + years of practicing and development), to be able to document that for myself and share the results with the world.
Other, exciting younger generation colleagues showcased in solo roles on the album include German recorder virtuoso Elisabeth Champollion in Vivaldi's effervescent Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C (443), violinists Rachael Beesley and Sonoko Asabuki together with cellist Aleksandra Renska in Van Wassenaer's breathtaking Concerto Armonico no 1 (a.k.a. "The Dutch Brandenburg 3"), and Swedish master Baroque lutenist Karl Nyhlin in Vivaldi's classic Lute Concerto in D - recorded here for the first time on the instrument for which it was actually written, the Gallichon. Greek diva Myrsini Margariti completes the disc with two delightfully virtuoso arias for soprano and orchestra, displaying the influence of the instrumental concerto style on the extremely florid, high Baroque, bravura coloratura aria style.
The music on the disc is a selection of the some of the music which we have most enjoyed performing together over the past years, over the whole world - on tours, at festivals, from Hong Kong, to Sydney to Istanbul, and even for the Dutch royal family(!) at home in The Hague. It will be so lovely to document this musical selection which is beautiful in itself, but is for us also infused with so many special, positive, personal memories. We are very much looking forward to be able to share the beauty, radiance and inspiration in this music with even more listeners around the world through this recording.
This is a very dear project to me personally and to us as an ensemble. I am personally proud that the disc showcases so much younger musical talent of today (all dear friends and colleagues) in solo roles, seeing them creating new perspectives and new ways to appreciate and be inspired by this wonderful, historic music and this vibrant European cultural heritage. The CD complements and extends our existing discography and is an essential tool in promoting the orchestra and its work. And (!) in concert acquisition and touring. The album will be available on Primephonic, Spotify and i-Tunes, and will have several video clips attached to it on YouTube etc, further increasing exposure.
Please help us complete this special album by jumping on board and joining this crowdfunding campaign so that we can ensure that the disc is all ready for your ears (and hearts) and its official international release in Spring 2017.
Check out the project promo video and please share this campaign with your family and friends!
Risks and challenges
Most importantly, financial support (ie this crowdfunding campaign) is critical for us to be able to complete the project and make it a success.
We will record the disc in the inspiring surrounds and beautiful acoustic of the historic Gothic Hall in what is now part of the Council of State in the historic heart of The Hague. Previously, the front of the building was the city palace of the composer and statesman Van Wassenaer, whose Concerto Armonico no 1 is featured on the disc. Quite the honour to be able to record this music in this location (!) but the other project risk, is therefore in the nature of recording on location in historical buildings. If it rains hard during recording (you can hear it inside the building), we will need to work around this with an alternative session schedule. However, with the excellent musicians and extremely experienced, expert recording team from Polyhymnia International, and extremely professional support staff at the location, we don't envisage any unsolvable problems. We have worked, performed and recorded at the venue before with success, and have produced results there of which we are very proud. You can see some of these in the promo video for this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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