Mahan Esfahani plays Byrd, Bach and Ligeti | Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE0066

Mahan Esfahani plays Byrd, Bach and Ligeti


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Label: Wigmore Hall Live

Cat No: WHLIVE0066

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 10th March 2014



Hailed by Opera Today as ‘the leading harpsichordist of his generation’, Mahan Esfahani attracted worldwide attention in 2010 when he gave the first ever harpsichord recital at the BBC Proms. He was the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist and to be awarded a fellowship by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Dedicated to taking his instrument beyond the realm of Early music, the critically acclaimed Iranian-American harpsichordist works with repertoire that spans four centuries.

For this recital he turned his mind to Byrd’s keyboard miniatures, exploring the works’ vibrant ingenuity in company with the rich masterworks of Bach and the irresistible and fascinating compositions of Ligeti.

"a serious, virtuosic, two-finger salute to the fustier members of the early music mafia...From the ear-bending fugal play of the 'Passacaglia' to the almost digital sonic otherness of 'Continuum', these are pieces whose technical challenges make no concession to practicality or physical limitations. Esfahani dispatched them with impressive control, but more importantly managed to keep our attention (and his own) on the drama of these epics-in-miniature." - Alexandra Coghlan,

It would be hard not to be impressed by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. Young, suave, eloquent…he’s an inquisitive mind…a phenomenally accomplished performance.” - The Guardian (July 2012)

Esfahani, in total control technically, clearly delights in exploiting the expressive possibilities of the harpsichord and its sheer variety of sounds…” - Gramophone (July 2011)

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 3rd May 2013.

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