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Label: Hyperion
Catalog: CDA68287
Format: CD

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

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. ‘Esfahani perfectly understands the toccatas’ architecture, yet celebrates their quirkiness and, interrogating every note, is generous with expressive pauses’ – BBC Music Magazine (JS Bach - Toccatas, CDA68244) ‘Robust, vital and exciting’ – Gramophone (The Passinge Mesures, CDA68249) ‘These works have sometimes been handled as trifles or decorative miniatures, but Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani treats them as profoundly expressive and introspective works’ – BBC Music Magazine (The Passinge Mesures, CDA68249)

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