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Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009) 2 CDs

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Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009) 2 CDs

Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 608 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 211 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Musica Omnia | # MO0301 | Time: 01:32:48

The portrait of John Bull on the cover of this two-CD U.S. release gives an idea for the uninitiated of what to expect from the composer's music: it's intense, single-minded, and even a bit demonic (although the hourglass topped with a skull with a bone in its mouth is apparently an alchemical symbol). Bull was, in the words of an unidentified writer quoted by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, "the Liszt of the virginals." The most immediately apparent feature of his music is extreme virtuosity, on display especially in the mind-boggling set of variations entitled Walsingham (CD 1, track 8) and in the galliards of the pavan-galliard pairs. But the opposite pole in Bull's style exerts just as strong a pull: he is fascinated by strict polyphony by what would be called harmonic progressions, and by the close study of the implications contained within small musical units. As spectacular in their way as the keyboard fireworks are, the three separate settings of a tune called Why Ask You? on CD 2 are marvelous explorations of compressed musical gestures.

Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani - Arcangelo Corelli: La Follia, Six Sonatas, Op.5 Nos. 7-12 (2014)

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Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani - Arcangelo Corelli: La Follia, Six Sonatas, Op.5 Nos. 7-12 (2014)

Arcangelo Corelli: "La Follia", Six Sonatas, Op.5 Nos. 7-12 (2014)
Michala Petri (recorder), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: OUR Recordings | # 6.220610 | Time: 01:05:56

Arcangelo Corelli was "world famous" even in the world of his day. Copies of Corelli's works appeared in St. Petersburg as well as in Constantinople, Stockholm and even in America, where Thomas Jefferson spoke of being charmed completely by Corelli's music. Despite its popularity only a handful of his original manuscripts exist today and the Violin Sonatas Op. 5 have a place of honor. The pieces on this album were drawn from the second half of Op. 5 and in the original edition of 1700, published as "Parte seconda: Preludii, Allemande, Correnti, Sarabande, Gavotte, e Follia." Baroque sonatas having been inspired by dances, and playable on violin and harpsichord or ona variety of instruments, in this case, recorder and harpsichord. The easy-held nature of the sonatas allows great freedom for ornamentation and improvisation, which Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani savor with pleasure.

Mahan Esfahani - Musique?: Takemitsu, Cowell, Saariaho, Bryars, Abbasi, Ferrari (2020)

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Mahan Esfahani - Musique?: Takemitsu, Cowell, Saariaho, Bryars, Abbasi, Ferrari (2020)

Mahan Esfahani - Musique?: Takemitsu, Cowell, Saariaho, Bryars, Abbasi, Ferrari (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 391 Mb | Total time: 79:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68287 | Recorded: 2019

Under Mahan Esfahani’s hands—and occasionally fists—the harpsichord is transmogrified into an elemental force, by turns supported or menaced by an astonishing arsenal of electronics. Concerned listeners please note: no harpsichords were harmed in the making of this album.

Mahan Esfahani - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Württemberg Sonatas (2014)

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Mahan Esfahani - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Württemberg Sonatas (2014)

Mahan Esfahani - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Württemberg Sonatas (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 436 Mb | Total time: 77:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67995 | Recorded: 2013

Hyperion is delighted to present the debut recording of the wonderful young harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. He was the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist or to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti- Buitoni Trust. Here Mahan Esfahani has recorded CPE Bach's six 'Württemberg' sonatas, which were written in 1742 and published in 1744, and his thrillingly intense performances make the best possible case for this dramatic, beautifully written, endlessly imaginative but for some reason under-performed music.

Mahan Esfahani - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de clavecin (2014) 2CDs

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Mahan Esfahani - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de clavecin (2014) 2CDs

Mahan Esfahani - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de clavecin (2014) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 801 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 02:08:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68071/2

Gramophone-Award-winning harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has recorded Rameau's Pièces de clavecin in the historic setting of the Music Room at Hatchlands Park in Surrey. This is a masterclass for the instrument, confirming this young artist as a truly great player: in the words of International Record Review his technique is beyond criticism and his inherent musicianship goes far deeper than mere surface understanding it is difficult not to warm to such a musician'. This double album comprises the whole of Rameau's output of keyboard suites, and Esfahani rejoices in its wealth of genius, its excitement and drama. Rameau is a composer whose revival is ongoing, and his unique combination of the witty and the cerebral, the light and the curmudgeonly, abounds throughout his harpsichord music.

Mahan Esfahani - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2016)

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Mahan Esfahani - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2016)

Mahan Esfahani - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 503 Mb | Total time: 78:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 4795929 | Recorded: 2016

Harpsichord star Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes: Bach’s incomparable Goldberg Variations, which he presents in a unique virtuosic way.

Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)

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Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)

Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 466 Mb | Total time: 77:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68249 | Recorded: 2017

This sensational recital—featuring some of the greatest keyboard music to emerge from these islands—is the perfect vehicle for Mahan Esfahani’s abundant talents. His accompanying booklet notes are an added bonus, guaranteed to inform, illuminate and provoke by turns.