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Mahan Esfahani reveals his meticulous approach to Bach, at Wigmore Hall / musicOMH.com

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This Wigmore Hall, London concert was the third in a planned series of sixteen, in which Mahan Esfahani will perform every piece that J. S. Bach wrote for the harpsichord, or for which a harpsichord version exists. The evening revealed excellent programming skills, but was ultimately made by the performer's ability to temper total mastery of his subject matter with a sense of artistic freedom.

Every word that Esfahani wrote in the programme, or uttered as he introduced the pieces, revealed his meticulous approach to understanding the music. Nevertheless, he stressed that ‘The point here is not to intellectualise art (whatever that means) with a corresponding inverse appreciation of the emotional impact of the music. But the more we understand the very ‘nuts and bolts' of this art, the musical material itself, the more we can understand the emotional intent of the composer, and the more we can feel with the composer'.

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