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Instrument: Harpsichord

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LondonBBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concert: AAM

Handel: Chandos Anthems, HWV 246-56
Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr

HalleUngeschrieben: Händel und die Improvisation

Handel
Ensemble all'improvviso; Martin Erhardt

JihlavaCzech Masters in Vienna: Leopold Koželuh

Kozeluch: La Ritrovata – Suite from the ballet
Jiří Sycha; Filip Dvořák; Unknown

ArlesBach & Mozart par Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout et Alexander Melnikov

Bach & Mozart par Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout et Alexander Melnikov
Bach, Froberger, Biber, Brahms
Isabelle Faust; Kristian Bezuidenhout; Alexander Melnikov

OxfordHandel's Attic

Handel's Attic
Handel, Frescobaldi
Julian Perkins, Harpsichord

ArlesRécital de clavecin : Le jeune Bach

Récital de clavecin : Le jeune Bach
Marchand, Bach
Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord

ArlesBertrand Cuiller célèbre François Couperin

Bertrand Cuiller célèbre François Couperin
Couperin: Pièces de clavecin: selection
Bertrand Cuiller, Harpsichord
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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.

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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