Early Music

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

BYRD, after DOWLAND Lachrimae Pavan
BYRD The Bells
Fantasia MB 27
J.S. BACH English Suite in G minor, BWV 808
BRETT DEAN ByrdSong Studies (US Premiere)
D. SCARLATTI Selected keyboard sonatas

Performances by the Iranian-born harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani leave critics breathless and audiences rapt—his light touch and superhuman agility conjuring interpretations that are “exquisite beyond measure” (Los Angeles Times). Esfahani—a highlight of the 2020–21 Cal Performances at Home streaming series—bristles at many of the conventions of historical performance, and enjoys programming Baroque works alongside contemporary compositions. Here, in addition to music by Bach and Scarlatti, he pairs three of William Byrd’s pioneering and virtuosic 16th-century keyboard works with a new composition by Australian composer Brett Dean. Dean’s ByrdSong Studies, for solo harpsichord with prerecorded voices, celebrates Byrd’s unique and influential style, and the transgressive mass settings Byrd wrote for clandestine Catholic services during the Protestant Reformation.

This performance is made possible, in part, by Françoise Stone.

Apr 2, 2023, 3pm
Add to Calendar 04/02/2023 03:00 pm 04/02/2023 04:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/early-music/mahan-esfahani-harpsichord-2223/ Hertz Hall
Tickets start at $68

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Apr 2, 2023, 3pm
Add to Calendar 04/02/2023 03:00 pm 04/02/2023 04:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/early-music/mahan-esfahani-harpsichord-2223/ Hertz Hall
Tickets start at $68

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