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.
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 isRead 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.