Fri 10 Apr 7:30pmFrom £5.00 to £22.00
Part of Easter Weekend
As passionate as he is about expanding the harpischord’s repertoire, Esfahani’s musical life circles round Bach – ‘my favourite figure in all of history: the master of masters, the big wig in the sky’ as he described him in his recent Radio 3 series devoted to the composer.
Here he focusses on the vitality and charm of the French Dance Suites. They are preceded with music appropriate to Passiontide season; liturgical works more often heard on the organ, including Tallis’ elegant, spacious offertory on a Marian motet and Pachelbel’s variants on a chorale that was later so memorably embedded within Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
‘He seems to be on a mission to demonstrate the expressiveness of his instrument – and judging by his remarkably fluid, fresh, almost improvisatory playing and rhythmic suppleness, he’s pretty much succeeded…as joyful as it was revelatory.’
The Scotsman on Esfahani’s Bach.
Tallis Felix Namque II 12’
Pachelbel Fantasia ex dis 3’
Chorale-variations on ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’ 14’
Ciaccona in D 6’
Bach Three Sinfonias 7’
French Suite in C BWV 813 15’
Overture in the French Manner in B minor BWV 831 30’