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Mahan Esfahani

Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has pursued two primary passions in his career: the compositions of J.S. Bach and contemporary music for the harpsichord. The centerpiece of this beautifully curated program of gems and giants is a work Esfahani calls "Bach's magnum opus for the keyboard:" the regal, 30-minute "Overture in the French Style." Framing it are Bach's "Six Little Preludes," written as teaching pieces, and 20th-century works by Louis Andriessen and Bohuslav Martinů. Andriessen's dramatic, incantatory "Overture to Orpheus" is a prelude to what the composer describes as "an imaginary opera in which Orpheus plays the leading part."

[0:15] Introduction
[1:56] J.S. Bach: "Six Little Preludes," BWV 933-938
[14:19] J.S. Bach: "Overture in the French Style," BWV 831
[44.01] Martinů: Deux Pièces (op. posth.)
[49:58] Andriessen: "Overture to Orpheus"
[1:01:25] Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer: Passacaglia in D minor from "Musicalischer Parnassus, Uranie Suite"

Event Date
April 30, 2021
Running Time
1 hours 7 minutes
Online Format

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