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The Times: Mahan Esfahani – Bach Toccatas Review – Bold, Dynamic, and Stupendous

The Times: Mahan Esfahani – Bach Toccatas Review – Bold, Dynamic, and Stupendous

Mahan Esfahani’s goal in life, his biographical note says, is to “bring the harpsichord to the concert mainstream”. To further this, the Iranian-American musician commissions new pieces, which is certainly one way of taking the keyboard instrument that plucks its strings out of history’s cocoon and welcoming it into the modern world. The other way is to give such thunderously exciting performances of old repertoire that anyone with ears to hear will sit there with mouth agape.

The Times: Mahan Esfahani on why JS Bach is misunderstood

The Times: Mahan Esfahani on why JS Bach is misunderstood

“Johann Sebastian Bach is my favourite figure in all of history: the master of masters, the big wig in the sky. But he’s also one of the most misunderstood. In my new show on Radio 3 I will be finding new ways to approach his music, as well as challenging some of the myths that have arisen about him. These are some of the keys to his life and work.” – Mahan Esfahani