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Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani
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Mahan Esfahani

Performance Today - June 6, 2024

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1984. He studied at Stanford University and has been a leading scholar and performer of harpsichord music for the last dozen years or so. If you find harpsichord music harsh or brittle, we have a performance that might help change your mind. Hear Mahan Esfahani play music by C.P.E. Bach on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Alberto Ginastera: Quartet No. 1, Op. 20 Movement I. Allegro
Viano Quartet
Album: Portraits
Curtis Institute of Music

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra | Gabor Takacs-Nagy, conductor
Verbier Festival, Combins Hall, Verbier, Switzerland

Kian Ravaei: The Little Things
Viano Quartet
Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series, Tempe Center For The Arts, Tempe, AZ

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Harpsichord Sonata in A minor, Wq. 49/1, "Wurttemberg"
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Shepherd King Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX

Hour 2

Melanie Helene Bonis: Eglogue
Myriam Barbaux-Cohen, piano
Album: Mel Bonis: Memoires d'une femme
Ars Produktion

Melanie Helene Bonis: 3 Pieces for Violin & Piano Movement 2 Allegretto
Eva Burmeister, violin | Audrey Andrist, piano
ROCO, Lynn Wyatt Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Ricardo Herz: Sisifo na Cidade Grande
Sphinx Virtuosi
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra | Pekka Kuusisto, conductor
SPCO, Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul, MN

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