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Mahan Esfahani set to play all of Bach's solo harpsichord works at London's Wigmore Hall / theguardian

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Over the next few years, Mahan Esfahani is playing all of JS Bach's works for solo harpsichord at London's Wigmore Hall. He began his series at the very summit of Bach's achievements as a keyboard composer, devoting his first recital to the Goldberg Variations. Esfahani is on a self-appointed mission to re-establish the harpsichord in the concert hall, to take it out of an exclusively baroque niche, and to encourage composers to write more regularly for it again. He's unquestionably a player of great technical brilliance and musical intelligence, and there's always the sense of that pioneering zeal in the way he plays the baroque repertoire too. As on his recently released recording of the work, this account of the Goldberg took liberties that many more strait-laced harpischordists would never have countenanced.

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