Wednesday 13th May 2020, 7.00pm (ends approx 9.30pm)
St James' Church, Chipping Campden
This evening, with a slightly extended running time, we present early music lovers with what is effectively two concerts rolled into one. In Part One we hear one of the most exciting musicians performing anywhere today, and in Part Two, three artists at the top of their game. The whole should make for a truly memorable concert.

Part One:
Mahan Esfahani harpsicord

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Bach

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.

“Everyone wants to record Bach’s Goldbergs, but not many show as much piercing insight as harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.  A hugely stimulating account of one of the peaks of western music” Nicholas Kenyon, The Guardian.

“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

 

Part Two:
Mary Bevan soprano
Elizabeth Kenny lutes
Joseph Crouch cello
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Purcell
What a Sad Fate is Mine (3.50’)
The Cares of Lovers, from Timon of Athens (2’)
O Lead Me to Some Peaceful Gloom (3’)
Mad Bess (5’)
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John Blow
The Self Banished (5’)
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Pelham Humfrey
Lord I Have Sinned (3’)
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John Dowland
In Darkness Let me Dwell ( 3’30)
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Cesare Morelli
The World’s a Bubble (3’40)
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Anon
The Willow Song (The Poor Soul Sat Sighing) (5’)
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Purcell
Fly Swift, ye Hours (5’30)
The Fatal Hour Comes on  Apace (4’)
The Plaint from Fairy Queen (5’)
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John Weldon
Dry those Eyes (4’20)

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.

 

Tickets:

Reserved £35 & £30
Unreserved £25
Students £1