Britten Sinfonia with Mahan Esfahani - Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia with Mahan Esfahani

15 Oct 2019

CPE Bach

Quartet for viola, flute, cello, and harpsichord, Wq. 93

JS Bach

The Musical Offering BWV 1079:

Ricercar a 3

Ricercar a 6

Trio Sonata

Richard Strauss

Suite: Capriccio

Walter Piston

Sonatina for violin and harpsichord

Manuel de Falla

Concerto for harpsichord and five instruments


The opening concert of the Leeds International Chamber Season 2019/20: From Dawn to Dusk features a unique programme with guest Artistic Director Mahan Esfahani and Britten Sinfonia.

The first half of the concert explores the idea of tribute, with CPE Bach’s homage to his father in a late quartet whose first movement explores the name “B-A-C-H” in its melodic material. JS 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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