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Mahan Esfahani performs eloquent CPE Bach
Chosen as the 'Recording of the Month' in our February issue, Mahan Esfahani's disc of CPE Bach's Wüttemberg Sonatas was described by critic George Pratt as 'a particularly welcome introduction onto the world stage for an artist matching, in 'expression' CPE Bach himself.' He commented that the performances of the sonatas were 'remarkably varied' with the different keys being 'distinctive and characterful', also praising Esfahani's playing as 'strikingly expressive'.
In this recording Esfahani is playing on an early eighteenth-century harpsichord by German maker Mikhail Mietke, who would have known Bach's father. The instrument has a particularly rich and warm sound, which results from the strings being plucked nearer the middle than usual. The andante from Sonata No. 4 is a beautifully eloquent example of Esfahani's interpretation of CPE Bach.
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