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Time Present and Time Past / Esfahani

Release Date: 05/26/2015 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 002301402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alessandro ScarlattiHenryk Mikolaj GóreckiCarl Philipp Emmanuel BachFrancesco Geminiani,   ... 
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"If you buy only one record of harpsichord music in your life ... buy this sensational album. The 30-year-old Iranian-American Mahan Esfahani has been making waves among connoisseurs for several years. Now he emerges as a superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed ... Where necessary, Esfahani is brilliantly accompanied by Concerto Köln. Even their final performance – of J. S. Bach's Vivaldi-inspired harpsichord concerto in D Minor, with its plangently lyrical slow movement – has a delicious twist. In the last movement Esfahani inserts a flamboyant cadenza by Brahms, of all people. A truly magical mash-up Read more of times past, present, and future." – The Times (London) / 08. May 2015

"This collection of harpsichord pieces old and new shows Esfahani at his vibrant and expressive best ... Esfahani proves that his instrument doesn't exist merely for music of olden times ... Górecki's concerto is weirdly fascinating." – The Daily Telegraph (London)


The first DG harpsichord album released in over 30 years, Time Present and Time Past is an eclectic program fusing Baroque with Minimalism. Gramophone Award winner Mahan explores the relationship between two musical genres 300 years apart, emphasizing their similarities by playing all the pieces on period instruments, never before done with the Reich and Gorecki pieces. Read less

Works on This Recording

Variations on "La Folia" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Italy 
Concerto for Piano/Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 40 by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Poland 
Variations (12) for Harpsichord in D minor, Wq 118 no 9/H 263 "Folie d'Espagne" by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Hamburg, Germany 
Concerti grosso in D Minor by Francesco Geminiani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Piano Phase by Steve Reich
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 

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 Unlistenable June 24, 2015 By Marvin Zalman (Huntington Woods, MI) See All My Reviews "As a naive lover of classical music I found the album as close to the aural equivalent of having teeth drilled without Novocaine as I could imagine. I returned the CD and requested a refund but have not yet heard from Arkiv" Report Abuse
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