Schedule

21 February 2018

Brighton United Kingdom , Brighton College
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs a solo recital of works by J.S. Bach on the 'Autograph' series at Brighton College's Sarah Abraham Recital Hall.
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11 March 2018

Beirut Lebanon , Al Bustan Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the legendary Al Bustan Festival of Beirut, performing works by J.S. Bach.
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14 March 2018

Madrid Spain, Fundacio Juan March
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his debut at the Fundacio Juan March (following a cancellation of his recital in the 2015-16 season due to illness), in a recital of works by Rameau, Couperin, and two works written for him: Kevin Volans' 'L'Africaine' (2016) and a work for electronics and harpsichord by Anahita Abbasi (2018).
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22 March 2018

Los Angeles United States, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School
'Baroque Conversations' with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Mahan Esfahani continues his association with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO):

Mahan Esfahani host & harpsichord
Joachim Becerra Thomsen flute
LACO Ensemble

Biber: Ciacona, “Night Watchman”
Vivaldi: Concerto, “The Storm at Sea”
Boccherini: Night Music of the Streets of Madrid
Lully: Trios for the King’s Bed Chamber

part of the baroque conversations series

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22 March 2018

Los Angeles United States, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School
'Baroque Conversations' with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Mahan Esfahani continues his association as an artistic partner with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), this time curating 'Nightime in Four Great Cities.'

Mahan Esfahani, host & harpsichord
Joachim Becerra Thomsen, flute
LACO Ensemble

Biber - Ciacona, “Night Watchman” from Serenade for Five
Vivaldi - Concerto, "Il Tempesta di Mare"
Boccherini - Night Music of the Streets of Madrid
Lully - Trio for the King’s Bed Chamber

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28 March 2018

Pisa Italy , Teatro Verdi
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance at the Teatro Verdi of Pisa in a recital of works by Byrd, J.S. Bach, and the three seminal works by Ligeti (Continuum - Passacaglia ungherese - Hungarian Rock).
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31 March 2018

Leiden Netherlands , Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden
H.I.F. Biber 'Rosenkranz-Sonaten' with Liza Ferschtman, violin
The famous 'Rosary' sonatas for violin and continuo with violinist Liza Ferschtman
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22 April 2018

Lucerne Switzerland, Marianischen Saal
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani makes his first appearance in Lucerne in a recital of works by Frescobaldi, Rameau, Benda, and J.S. Bach.
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27 April 2018

Columbus United States, Mees Hall, Capital University
Solo Recital
"One of the most gifted harpsichordists of our time explores two centuries of music from Italy, France, Germany, and Bohemia in this preview of his Carnegie Hall debut. Frescobaldi’s wild flights of invention made him one of the most celebrated Italian composers of the 17th century and influenced composers across the continent. A century later, the refined beauty of Rameau’s keyboard music represented the pinnacle of the French tradition. Bach drew from all traditions—the Italian and French styles—to create the finest keyboard music of the Baroque."

N.B. Hosted by Early Music Columbus;
For programme details refer to 1 May 2018 (Carnegie Hall, NYC)

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1 May 2018

New York United States, Carnegie Hall
Solo Recital
One of the most gifted harpsichordists of our time explores two centuries of music from Italy, France, Germany, and Bohemia in his Carnegie Hall debut. Frescobaldi’s wild flights of invention made him one of the most celebrated Italian composers of the 17th century and influenced composers across the continent. A century later, the refined beauty of Rameau’s keyboard music represented the pinnacle of the French tradition. Bach drew from all traditions—the Italian and early French styles—to create the finest keyboard music of the Baroque.
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FRESCOBALDI Toccata settima in D Minor, No. 7, from Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro II
FRESCOBALDI "Cento partite sopra passacagli" from Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo, Libro I
FRESCOBALDI "Bergamasca" from Fiori musicali di diverse compositioni
RAMEAU Selections from Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode pour la méchanique des doigts
BENDA Sonata No. 2 in G Major
BACH French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831

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9 May 2018

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his series of the Complete Keyboard Works of Johann Sebastian Bach at Wigmore Hall:

Little Preludes, BWV 933-938

Sonata in C, nach Reincken's 'Hortus Musicus' BWV 966

Toccata in g, BWV 915

Toccata in c, BWV 911

English Suite V in e, BWV 809


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27 May 2018

Potsdam Germany , Friedenskirche
'Teufliche Versuchung' with the Kammerakademie Potsdam
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sinfonie Es-Dur Wq 179

Manuel de Falla
Concerto für Cembalo und 5 Instrumente

Johann Sebastian Bach
Cembalokonzert Nr. 8 d-Moll BWV 1059r (Rekonstruktion: Mahan Esfahani)
Cembalokonzert Nr. 5 f-Moll BWV 1056

Luigi Bocherini
Sinfonie Nr. 6 d-Moll op. 12 Nr. 4 G 506 „La casa del diavolo"

Mahan Esfahani Leitung und Cembalo
Kammerakademie Potsdam

Johann Sebastian Bach war der Ansicht, dass Gott mit jeder Musik geehrt werden solle, andernfalls sei sie nur teuflischer Krach und Lärm. Dieses religiöse Grundverständnis lässt sich in allen seinen Kompositionen spüren, den geistlichen wie den weltlichen. Viele andere Künstler konnten allerdings der „teuflischen Versuchung“ nicht widerstehen. So etwa macht Boccherinis „La casa del diavolo“ keinen Hehl daraus, dass der Teufel mitten im Orchester sitzt. Sich der Musik ganz hinzugeben – hörend wie spielend – hat eine spirituelle Kraft. Der iranische Cembalist Mahan Esfahani begibt sich mit seinen individuellen Interpretationen auf die Suche nach teuflischen und göttlichen Inspirationen in der Musik vom Barock bis hin zur frühen Moderne.

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30 May 2018

Swaledale United Kingdom , Swaledale Festival
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani performs J.S. Bach's celebrated 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988); N.B. This Swaledale Festival date takes place at St. Andrew's Church in Grinton - see the Swaledale Festival site for more details.
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6 June 2018

Amsterdam Netherlands , Het Concertgebouw
J.S. Bach Sonatas for violin and cembalo with Liza Ferschtman, violin
J.S. Bach sonatas for violin and concertato harpsichord (BWV 1014-1019) with violinist Liza Ferschtman
N.B. This will be in the Concertgebouw's historic Kleine Zaal

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16 June 2018

Fakenham, Norfolk United Kingdom , Raynham Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani returns to historic Raynham Hall in Norfolk to perform J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (BWV 988)
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19 June 2018

London United Kingdom, Wigmore Hall
Solo Recital
Mahan Esfahani continues his series of the Complete Keyboard Works of J.S. Bach at Wigmore Hall:

Toccata in e, BWV 914
3 minuets, BWV 841-843
Toccata in d, BWV 913
Capriccio in B-flat 'On the Departure of His Beloved Brother,' BWV 992
Little Preludes, BWV 939-943
English Suite in d, BWV 811


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