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BBC Music Magazine
(Christmas 2018)
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Appréciation d'ensemble / Overall evaluation :


‘The Passinge mesures roams through England's musical landscape around the time of Shakespeare, John Donne and Sir Thomas More … these works have sometimes been handled as trifles or decorative miniatures, but Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani treats them as profoundly expressive and introspective works. Here measured, there free, his readings highlight the ebb and flow of their poetry and prose; phrases are rhetorically articulated. Esfahani’s muscular technique enhances the robust rhythms of popular dances like the galliard, jig and romanesca, and his response to Byrd’s hexachord fantasy is visceral rather than cerebral’



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