Mahan Esfahani - harpsichord
Gibbons - Pavan and Galliard: Lord Salisbury
Dowland - Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard - (with divisions by John Bull) Gibbons - Peascod Time, or The Hunt's Up
JS Bach - French Suite No 6, BWV 817
WF Bach - Sonata in D Major, Fk 3
Rameau - Pieces in E minor, from Pieces de Clavecin
We begin our exploration of dance in music in Jacobean England with works by Orlando Gibbons and John Dowland, the secular music of these Renaissance period composers being dominated by the dance forms of the day.
JS Bach’s French Suites form part of his education material for his pupils and are made up of heavily stylised interpretations of the courtly dances, such as the Courante, Sarabande and Gavotte. By the time of his son WF Bach the representation of the dances is less direct, though the influence still remains.
Praised by The Times for his "daring and fiery performances" and by Opera Today as "the leading harpsichordist of his generation," the Iranian-born Mahan Esfahani is the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist and to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
From Monday 29 July booking for existing chamber subscribers. Please note: this is a separate subscription from the Endellion String Quartet series.
From Monday 12 August - Booking for new subscribers
From Saturday 17 August - General booking