Although best known for his vocal music, William Byrd also composed startlingly inventive works for keyboard instruments including over a hundred pieces which appear in the manuscripts, My Ladye Nevells Booke and the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, as well as in Parthenia, the first printed collection of music for keyboard in England.
Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who last year became the youngest ever recipient of the Wigmore Medal, presents a wonderful selection of works from these hugely important collections. His lunchtime recital concludes with the last of Bach's English Suites, with its grand Prelude, majestic double Sarabande and a veritable totentanz of a Gigue!
Pavana Lachrymae BK54
Jhon Come Kisse Me Now BK81
Pavana & Galliardo Sir William Petre BK3a/b
The Carman's Whistle BK36
The Bells BK38
Johann Sebastian Bach:
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor BWV811
-Gavotte I, Gavotte II
The performance will last approximately 1 hour (without interval).
"Such virtuosity and disarming presentation suggests that Esfahani could inspire a whole new appreciation of the instrument"The Guardian
"Esfahani has firmly established himself as one of today's most thrilling harpsichordists"Gramophone Magazine