Takemitsu - Rain Dreaming
C. Ph. E. Bach - Variations on Les Folies
J. S. Bach - English Suite No. 6
Poul Ruders - Quick Step Rag
Sun 25 Feb ’2412:00 uurSmall Hall
Sterrang Normal € 29,50 Rang 1 Normal € 25 Rang 2 Normal € 21
Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani is on a mission. He has to because he wants to show that the harpsichord is entirely a contemporary instrument. 'Prejudice' is what he has to deal with. 'I always have to urge [critics] to let go of them. People expect you as a harpsichordist to embrace the aesthetics and mannerisms of the early music movement. I don't.' He adds: 'The whole idea is wrong that something can sound like it did three hundred years ago.' Is something to be said for it and it is wonderful to see how Esfahani drags the harpsichord, which we know mostly from Baroque music, into the 21st century.
Esfahani combines 'ancient' with 'modern'. 20th-century Japanese Toru Takemitsu dreams melancholically in his atmospheric Rain Dreaming. Poul Ruders is very up to date with Quick Step Rag: completed in 2023... He wrote it especially for Esfahani. Who also plays a pair of Bachs, father and son. As clear, tight and beautifully organised as father Johann Sebastian composed, son Carl Philipp Emanuel is loose and imaginative. The latter thus reacted somewhat to his father's 'learnedness', without losing respect for him by the way. J.S.'s suites may be called 'English', but Bach was guided more by the French harpsichordist style and that of the also French lutenists.