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Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin / Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, for harpsichord
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pieces de Clavecin
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Menuet en rondeau, for harpsichord in C major (Piece de clavecin avec une methode
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Dauphine, for harpsichord in G minor
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les petits marteaux, for harpsichord (attributed)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Award-winning harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani presents Rameau's Pièces de clavecin, recorded in the historic setting of the Music Room at Hatchlands Park in Surrey. 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 abounds throughout his harpsichord music.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
[CPE Bach's] blend of tradition...and audacity...all captured with unfailing insight by Mahan Esfahani - is contintually beguiling...Esfahani's playing is always considered and often brilliant. At times, the articulation could have been more delicately nuanced, but as a whole this is a splendid guide to Rameau's harpsichord music.

Early Music Today, May 2015
Mahan Esfahani brings such portrayals vividly to life, and also offers sparkling accounts of less exotic items... utterly entrancing.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
I'm very glad Mahan Esfahani chose to program Rameau's complete works for his second Hyperion release, for he is eminently suited to this music. Rameau concentrated on harpsichord music early in his career before turning to opera. Judging from the technical difficulties of the music, he must have been an amazing player. He also had a grandly complex and naturally dramatic flair that works to advantage in this music as well as in works for the stage. Indeed, this music seems almost tailormade for Esfahani's greatest strengths: a supple but electrifying command of the instrument and the kind of mind that considers every phrase carefully and shapes it accordingly to produce the maximum expressive contrast. On top of this, he is also a perceptive writer on music, and his illuminating notes describe the psychological complexity he sees in the music. Esfahani is more forward-looking, more willing to give the pieces an almost kaleidoscopic expressive sensibility and excitement. I'm glad to have both.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-).



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>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1706

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in E minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in D major
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Menuet en rondeau, for harpsichord in C major (Pièce de clavecin avec une méthode :: Table des agrémen
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in A minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in A minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in A minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in A minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in A minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in A minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in A minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin :: Suite in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : La Dauphine, for harpsichord in G minor
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les petits marteaux, for harpsichord (attributed)
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey (2013-11-26_2013-11-28&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1754