Put aside any casual assumptions about what a harpsichord can do – or can be – in the 21st century: Mahan Esfahani plans to light up Milton Court with an ear-opening contemporary recital.
He is an artist who doesn’t acknowledge boundaries; and whose fiercely intelligent virtuosity illuminates everything he touches. The Guardian hailed the ‘piercing insight’ of his Bach: imagine how he’ll sound in new works by Anahita Abbasi and the Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen. In the intimate space of Milton Court, it should sound remarkable.
Sunleif Rasmussen Quadroforone (world premiere; Barbican commission)
John Cage Solo VII from HPSCHD
Anahita Abbasi Intertwined Distances (UK premiere; commissioned by Mahan Esfahani)
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord