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Instrument: Harpsichord

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InnsbruckWindspiele

Windspiele
Bach, Boismortier, Graupner, Mozart, Bach C.P.E.
Barthold Kuijken; Lars Ulrik Mortensen

GrazHochzeitsfest in Eggenberg

© Werner Kmetitsch
Draghi
Julla von Landsberg; David Szigetvári; Neue Hofkapelle Graz; Lucia Froihofer

MunichFestkonzert auf Schloss Schleißheim

Festkonzert auf Schloss Schleißheim
Mussorgsky, Haydn, Verdi, Gershwin
Munich Residenz Solisten; Andreas Skouras

KuhmoMusical Offering

Bach: The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079
Dalia Stasevska; Niamh McKenna; Elina Vähälä; Hugo Ticciati; Gareth Lubbe

LondonProms at ... Cadogan Hall 2: Jean Rondeau

Rameau, Risser, Couperin, Royer
Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord

BudapestOpening Concert of the 2nd Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition

Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn
Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra; Shlomo Mintz; Barnabás Kelemen; Soma Dinyés; Katalin Kokas

Budapest"When evening has come"

Saint-Saëns, Popper, Mozart, Bach, Shostakovich
Lilla Horti; Natalia Lomeiko; József Balog; Danjulo Ishizaka
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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
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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.
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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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