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Instrument: Harpsichord

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Hong KongChamber Music Gala

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Sarasate, Bach
Unknown; Colleen Lee; Dong-Suk Kang

SingaporeVCH Presents The Modern Man: Mahan Esfahani

Rameau, Lynch, Bryars, Powell, Bach
Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord

LondonConstellatio Felix: Sun, Stars and Planets

Lully, Zelenka, Handel, Muffat, Pisendel, Telemann, Rameau
European Union Baroque Orchestra; Lars Ulrik Mortensen

OsakaThe 231th Subscription Concert

The 231th Subscription Concert
Ives, Barber, Nyman
Japan Century Symphony Orchestra; Kentaro Kawase; Mahan Esfahani

QuimperChristmas Project

Handel, Conti, Corelli, Heinichen
B'Rock Orchestra; Francesco Corti; Giulia Semenzato

LuganoBarocco

© Warner Classics | Fabien Monthubert
Bach
Emmanuel Pahud; Trevor Pinnock; Jonathan Mason

RouenChristmas Project

Handel, Conti, Corelli, Heinichen
B'Rock Orchestra; Francesco Corti; Giulia Semenzato
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A Serse like no other from Il pomo d'oro

Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
A star cast and red-hot conducting make for a memorable night at the Barbican.
*****
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Variations on brilliance: the ACO in Sydney

Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
The title of the latest programme by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is simply: Goldberg Variations. While Bernard Labadie’s ingenious arrangement of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string orchestra takes up all of the second half of the programme, the first half was no less interesting.
*****
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Captivating command and a striking Risser première from Jean Rondeau

Jean Rondeau © Baghir
A striking première by Eve Risser following Jean Rondeau’s captivating display of the virtuosic heights of French Baroque harpsichord writing.
****1
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Gala Concert at Göttingen International Handel Festival proves a hit

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, FestspielOrchester Göttingen and soloists © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
This year’s Gala Conzert at Göttingen featured two different works not commonly heard and certainly not together, with excellent soloists and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir
****1
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Witty Poulenc and gigantic Rachmaninov from The Cleveland Orchestra

Stephane Deneve © Uwe Ditz
Jory Vinikour was the soloist for Poulenc’s rarely heard Concert champêtre. A performance of Rachmaninov's Symphony no. 2, in which thrilling excess ruled, completed the program.
***11
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Thrilling Bach from Mahan Esfahani at Wigmore Hall

Mahan Esfahani © Kaja Smith
To reach the mother lode of Bach's keyboard music, you have to listen to it on harpsichord, and today, no performer embodies that mother lode more than Mahan Esfahani.
****1
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Mahan Esfahani's Prague tribute to Zuzana Růžičková

Mahan Esfahani and Tomáš Jamník © Anežka Horová
Czech harpsichord legend Zuzana Růžičková would have turned 91 on 14 January, making it an ideal night for a tribute concert featuring one of her star pupils, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. As he noted in brief remarks sandwiched between rousing renditions of Bach, “When she died, I lost a great teacher. But this country lost part of its history.