Esfahani breathes new life into English virginalist classics

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Christmas 2018
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The Passinge Mesures

'A compendium of keyboard works by the so-called 'English virginalists', whose music speaks with a quiet power,' writes Kate Bolton-Porciatti. 'These works have sometimes been handled as trifles or decorative miniatures, but Iranian-American harpischordist Mahan esfahani treats them as profoundly expressive and introspective works.

Here measured, there free, his readings highlight the ebb and flow of their poetry and prose; phrases and rhetorically articulated.'

 

The Passinge Mesures

Works by Bull, Byrd, Dowland, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, and Tomkins 

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

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