London – ‘Evening in the Palace of Reason’ – 18 January 2020 – Barbican Centre – United Kingdom

‘Evening in the Palace of Reason’
Saturday, January 18, 2020
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Silk Street
London, United Kingdom EC2Y 8DS
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In ‘Evening in the Palace of Reason,’ harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and author James R Gaines explore the story of Bach’s Musical Offering. And no question, it’s a powerful story – of timeless genius pitted against pure reason; of faith against Enlightenment; and two of the greatest figures of world history, king and musician, locked in philosophical combat.

James R Gaines, author of the bestselling account of their meeting, explains the human dimension, but the real miracle is Bach’s music. Performed by harpsichordist-without-limits Mahan Esfahani, it unlocks our weekend-long exploration of music’s most beautiful mind.
1.30pm, Talk: Introduction by author James R Gaines (Evening in the Palace of Reason)

2.30pm, Concert
J S Bach: Sonata in E minor for violin and continuo BWV 1023
Frederick the Great: Sonata for flute and continuo in C minor
J S Bach: Sonata in E major for violin and harpsichord BWV 1016
C P E Bach: Sonata II in C minor, “Prussian” (1740)
J S Bach: Partita in D minor for solo violin BWV 1004

5pm, Panel discussion: a group of Bach experts dig deep into the contrasting mindsets of J S Bach and Frederick the Great

7.30pm, CONCERT
C P E Bach: Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and cembalo obbligato
C P E Bach: Sonata for solo flute in A minor
Quantz: Trio Sonata in A minor
J S Bach: The Musical Offering, BWV 1079

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Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord & curator
James R Gaines, author
Adam Walker, flute
Antje Weithaas, violin
Richard Boothby, viola da gamba

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