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Instrument: Harpsichord

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LondonConnexion Italien

Connexion Italien
Rossi, Cavalli, Lully
Jessica Eucker; Unknown; William Summers

DijonBach méconnu #3

Bach méconnu #3
Bach
Brice Pauset, Harpsichord

BarcelonaJean Rondeau

© Edouar
Couperin
Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord

MunichReisdenz Gala-Konzert

Reisdenz Gala-Konzert
Mussorgsky, Gershwin
Residenz Solisten; Andreas Skouras

LondonStephen Montague's 75th Birthday: Behold A Pole Horse!

Montague
Madeleine Mitchell; Christina McMaster; Roxanna Shini; Jane Chapman

GrazDanse Macabre

© A&A
Lully, Handel, Purcell, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák, Ligeti
Unknown, Harpsichord

New York CityAntonio Draghi's Oratorio di Giuditta

Antonio Draghi's Oratorio di Giuditta
Draghi: Oratorio di Giuditta
Jeremy Rhizor; Academy of Sacred Drama; Fiona Gillespie Jackson; Sara MacKimmie Tomlin; Ryland Angel; Jonathan Woody
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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.

Maurice Steger thrills with his virtuosic wizardry

Maurice Steger © Marco Borggreve
Maurice Steger brought this essential but under-represented instrument from Renaissance and Baroque chamber and ensumble music to a mainstream concert hall. 
*****
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Bach to basics at Bachfest Leipzig

John Butt conducts the Dunedin Consort in Leipzig © Bachfest Leipzig | Gert Mothes
Three concerts over one day at the opening weekend of Bachfest Leipzig combined Bach’s music with that of composers from Rachmaninov to Sibelius, but nothing matches the unrivalled bliss of Bach’s own music performed with total conviction.
***11
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Outstanding Brockes-Passion at Göttingen

Sebastian Kohlhepp © Julia Wesely
Brockes-Passion is becoming not quite the performing rarity it once was, and this outstanding performance at the Göttingen Handel Festival this year could hardly be bettered.
*****
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Dramatic cantatas from Franziska Gottwald

Franziska Gottwald
Franziska Gottwald's superb mezzo voice and technique combined with dedicated commitment to text makes for a satisfying concert at Rosdorf near Göttingen during the Handel festival
****1
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A poised and pretty outing of a prodigy's exercises

Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve
Mozart's “pasticcio concertos”, composed at the remarkable age of 11, may lack integral vibrancy and brilliance, but are brought to life by an exuberant Bezuidenhout
****1
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