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Passinge Mesures - Music of the English virginalists / Esfahani


Release Date: 11/02/2018 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68249  
Composer:  Thomas TomkinsJohn DowlandOrlando GibbonsGiles Farnaby,   ... 
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This sensational recital, featuring some of the greatest keyboard music to emerge from the British Isles, is the perfect vehicle for Mahan Esfahani's abundant talents. Works by Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins and more are accompanied by booklet notes that are guaranteed to inform, illuminate and provoke.

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REVIEWS:

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.

– BBC Music Magazine

Esfahani’s playing is
Read more colorful and magnetic, the fingerwork in the more virtuoso works absolutely clean and articulate. The mean-tone tuning gives the accidentals and chromatic outliers in the more harmonically meandering of the pieces a wonderfully piquant twang.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Barafostus Dreame (Musica Britannica 62) by Thomas Tomkins
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
2.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
3.
Pavan by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
The woods so wild by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Fantasia by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Passamezzo Pavan and Galliard in G minor no 1, MB 2 "On the passamezzo antico" by William Byrd
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; England 
7.
Nobody's Jig by Richard Farnaby
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Chromatic Pavan and Galliard "Queen Elizabeth's" by John Bull
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
9.
Ut re mi fa sol la, in G major, MB 64 by William Byrd
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
10.
Scottish Jigge by Anonymous
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11.
Pavan by Thomas Tomkins
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1650; England 
12.
Woody-cock by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
13.
Tell mee Daphne by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
14.
Why aske you by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15.
Fantasia by John Bull
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
16.
The Leaves Bee Greene by William Inglott
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
17.
Variations on the Romanesca by Anonymous
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570 

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