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Byrd, Bach, Ligeti - Keyboard works by William Byrd, J.S. Bach & Gyorgy Ligeti / Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Clarifica Me Pater (I), for keyboard, MB 47
>Byrd, William : Clarifica Me Pater (II), for keyboard, MB 48
>Byrd, William : Clarifica Me Pater (III), for keyboard, MB 49
>Byrd, William : John come kiss me now, variations for keyboard, MB 81
>Byrd, William : Pavan & Galliard ("Delight" or "Johnson's"), for keyboard, MB 5, (by Johnson, arr. by Byrd)
>Byrd, William : Pavan ("Echo") & Galliard, for keyboard in G major no 5, MB 114 (doubtful)
>Byrd, William : The March before the Battle, or, The Earl of Oxford's March, for keyboard, MB 93
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, no 2, MB 25 "A Fancie"
>Byrd, William : The Firste Pavian
>Byrd, William : Pavan & Galliard, for keyboard in A minor, no 1, MB 14
>Byrd, William : Callino Casturame, variations for keyboard, MB 35
>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in A minor, MB 13
>Byrd, William : Walsingham, variations for keyboard, MB 8
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
>Ligeti, György : Passacaglia Ungherese, for harpsichord
>Ligeti, György : Continuum, for harpsichord
>Ligeti, György : Hungarian rock
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on May 3, 2013

Hailed by Opera Today as 'the leading harpsichordist of his generation', Mahan Esfahani attracted worldwide attention in 2010 when he gave the first ever harpsichord recital at the BBC Proms.

Dedicated to taking his instrument beyond the realm of 'early music', the critically acclaimed Iranian-American harpsichordist works with repertoire that spans four centuries.

For this recital he turned his mind to Byrd's keyboard miniatures, exploring the works' vibrant ingenuity in company with the rich masterworks of Bach and the irresistible and fascinating compositions of Ligeti.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
Flexible, articulate and deeply musical interpretations...Also note how Esfahani points up the quirky cross-rhythmic interplay and tart accidentals in Byrd's Fantasia in A minor...The full bodied engineering conveys both instrumental and venue in a natural and attractive ambient blend.

International Record Review, May 2014
He is a simply superb player. His technique is beyond criticism and his inherent musicianship goes far deeper than mere surface understanding...when one hears his performances of these Byrd pieces, so essentially re-creative in the best sense, with each note and phrase fully part of the piece itself - one can only applaud this young man's artistry.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (05/03/2013).



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Clarifica Me Pater (I), for keyboard, MB 47
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Clarifica Me Pater (II), for keyboard, MB 48
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Clarifica Me Pater (III), for keyboard, MB 49
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : John come kiss me now, variations for keyboard, MB 81
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Pavan & Galliard ("Delight" or "Johnson's"), for keyboard, MB 5, (by Johnson, arr. by Byrd)
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Pavan ("Echo") & Galliard, for keyboard in G major no 5, MB 114 (doubtful)
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : The March before the Battle, or, The Earl of Oxford's March, for keyboard, MB 93
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in C major, no 2, MB 25 "A Fancie"
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : The Firste Pavian
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Pavan & Galliard, for keyboard in A minor, no 1, MB 14
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Callino Casturame, variations for keyboard, MB 35
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Fantasia, for keyboard in A minor, MB 13
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Byrd, William : Walsingham, variations for keyboard, MB 8
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 :: Ricercar a 3
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 05/1747-07/1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 :: Ricercar a 6
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 05/1747-07/1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 :: Canon a 2 per tonos (Ascendenteque Modulatione ascendat Gloria Regis
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 05/1747-07/1747
  • Studio/Live: Live

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Passacaglia Ungherese, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978
  • Studio/Live: Live

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Continuum, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Live

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Hungarian rock
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978
  • Studio/Live: Live