Mahan Esfahani

  1. July 5, 2015 3:14 pm

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Date(s) - 23/07/2015
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


St Wilfrid’s Church

Duchy Road



Harrogate International Festivals is proud to present Mahan Esfahani as part of the 50th Harrogate Festival.

Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani is hailed as the leading champion of his instrument and was the first harpsichordist to be selected as a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 – 2010). Mahan takes us on a journey through time with music by François Couperin and J.S. Bach to the 20th-Century work of Martinu° and Elizabeth Maconchy, exploring how the harpsichord repertoire has developed to create a new Sense of Place in the modern age.

“The solo harpsichord recital is itself a completely modern construct and it is interesting that much of the great music for the harpsichord is written indeed ‘out of place’ and ‘out of time’. Whether by Bach’s eldest son, the mysterious Wilhelm Friedemann, who was writing for the instrument as it was being superseded by the newfangled piano, or by Domenico Scarlatti, writing as an exile living in Iberia for over thirty years. New life was breathed into this great instrument by modern composers, like Martinu°, who used it to express neo-Classicism – itself an aesthetic completely out of place and out of time!” – Mahan Esfahani.

Join the charismatic Mahan Esfahani in a pre-concert talk and meet a persuasive advocate for the harpsichord.

Out of Place, Out of Time
Couperin Pieces in G minor
WF Bach Sonata in E-flat, Fk. 3 & Scarlatti 5 sonatas
Bohuslav Martinu Sonata (1935)
Elisabeth Maconchy Notebook for Harpsichord
J.S. Bach Chromatische Fantasie & Fugue, BWV 903

Tickets: £16. Available online: ; over the phone on 01423 562 303; or in person at the Harrogate International Festivals Box Office, 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1DB

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