Mahan Esfahani

JS Bach Goldberg Variations

Mahan Esfahani

JS Bach Goldberg Variations

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Deutsche Grammophon 479 5929

Reviewed December 2016

Even music-lovers who normally hate the sound of the harpsichord find themselves mesmerised by Mahan Esfahani. He seems to have a magic touch on the instrument, coaxing out an extraordinary range of colour and articulations. Never has that been more evident than on this recording, where the playing matches the brilliant playfulness of Bach’s variations.

Audio clip: Variation No. 13