Mahan Esfahani

Audio and Video

Video

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Interview with Norman Lebrecht for Sinfini Music

Here’s a piece for BBC News I did in 2012 (click here):

Eight televised performances of this year’s BBC Proms festival in London are to be shown in Iran.

At the Proms on Saturday, 21 July Tehran-born harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will be performing his own instrumental arrangement of Bach’s ‘The Art of Fugue’ with The Academy of Ancient Music.

In a break from rehearsals Mr Esfahani talked to the BBC about the project and the significance of Western classical music to the people of Iran.”

 

Mahan Esfahani discusses his orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) for the Proms:

”Exploring Bach’s Art of Fugue”:

Video profile by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, 2010:

 

Click here to see a *FULL RECITAL* of works by Handel, Rameau, and J.S. Bach on the 1912 Pleyel Harpsichord belonging to Wanda Landowska (1879-1959) at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (N.B.: RealPlayer required).

 

At the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, November of 2009:

Audio

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Viktor Kalabis (1923-2006): Concerto for harpsichord and strings (1975)
With the BBC Concert Orchestra, live performance – February 2010



Bernardo Storace (fl. XVIIth century): Passacagli (in a)

& Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725): Variazioni sopra La Follia di Spagna 

recorded live at the City of London Festival; original harpsichord by Gian Paolo Migliai of Florence, 1763.

Juan de Cabanilles (1644-1712): Passacalles (d) 

& Tiento de Battalla del 8o Tono

recorded live at the City of London Festival; original harpsichord by Gian Paolo Migliai of Florence, 1763.

 

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings (1935) (extract)

BBC Symphony Orchestra cond. Jiří Bělohlávek, London 2010

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): Sonata in b-minor, K 87; Sonata in d-minor, K 417 (Fuga)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Praeludium in a, BWV 922

recorded at Wigmore Hall, London, August 2009; harpsichord after Michael Mietke, 1702-1704.

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Concert Champêtre (1928) for harpsichord and orchestra

recorded live at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, February 2010; BBC National Orchestral of Wales; Martyn Brabbins, conductor

I. Allegro molto – Adagio – Allegro molto,

II. Andante: Mouvement de Sicilienne,

III. Finale: Presto très gai

John Bull (c. 1562-1628): Fantasia on a Theme by Sweelinck

recorded for the BBC ‘Early Music Show’ at St. John’s College, Oxford: organ after French Baroque models by Bernard Aubertin, 2008.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621): Liedvariations on ‘Mein Junges Leben Hat ein End’

recorded for BBC Radio 3, September 2009; harpsichord after Giusti.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Voluntary for ye Double Organ, Z. 719

recorded for the BBC ‘Early Music Show’ at St. John’s College, Oxford: organ after French Baroque models by Bernard Aubertin, 2008.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite en Re, from the ‘Pièces de Clavecin (1724)’

Les tendres plaintes – Le Niais de Sologne – Les Soupirs – L’Entretien des Muses – Le Lardon – La Boiteuse – Les Cyclopes

recorded on the 1636/1763 Ruckers-Hemsch harpsichord at the Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands (UK)