Mahan Esfahani harpsicord
Goldberg Variations BWV.988 (80’)
I am very excited that Mahan will be making his first festival appearance. He is a remarkable musician who has made it his life’s mission to rehabilitate the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments. He was the first and (to date) only harpsichordist to be a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-2010), a Borletti-Buitoni prize winner (2009), and a nominee for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, and 2017). He has performed recitals in most of the major series and concert halls in the world, and tonight he plays one of the absolute ‘Everests’ of keyboard music.
“With an instinctive sense of rhythm and a gift for interpretation, Esfahani has firmly established himself as one of today’s most thrilling harpsichordists.” Martin Cullingford, Gramophone
Mary Bevan soprano
Elizabeth Kenny lutes
Joseph Crouch cello
The Cares of Lovers, from Timon of Athens (2’)
O Lead Me to Some Peaceful Gloom (3’)
Mad Bess (5’)
The Fatal Hour Comes on Apace (4’)
The Plaint from Fairy Queen (5’)
Part two introduces three more artists all of whom are making their first appearance at the festival. Mary Bevan is one of the UK’s best loved and most highly praised singers both on the opera stage and the concert platform. Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players, and has been described as “incandescent” (Music and Vision), and “radical” (The Independent). The brilliant Joseph Crouch leads a busy performing life combining positions as principal cellist with The Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert and The Sixteen. Their beautiful programme runs just under the hour.
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