Britten Sinfonia with Mahan Esfahani

Promoted by Leeds International Concert Season

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The opening concert of the season features a unique programme with guest artistic director Mahan Esfahani and the Britten Sinfonia.

C. P. E. Bach (1714-1788) Quartet for viola, flute, cello, and harpsichord Wq 93
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) The Musical Offering BWV 1079
R. Strauss (1864-1949) Suite: Capriccio
W. Piston (1894-1976) Sonatina for violin and harpsichord
M. d. Falla (1876-1946) Concerto for harpsichord and five instruments

Britten Sinfonia
Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord

The first half of the concert explores the idea of tribute, with C. P. E. Bach's homage to his father in a late quartet whose first movement explores the name "B-A-C-H" in its melodic material. J. S. Bach's own trio from The Musical Offering represents the great master in the last few years of life when he turned his mind and pen to speculative and experimental projects in music. The instrumental excerpts from Strauss’ opera Capriccio evoke the world of the eighteenth century - a poignant reminder of the ‘lost world’ of the past in the midst of the birth of the Second World War.

In Walter Piston’s Sonatina and Manuel de Falla's spiky and intense Concerto we witness a rebirth for that great Sleeping Beauty of instruments, the harpsichord, in the form of the first modern work for violin and harpsichord and the first modern concerto, respectively.

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