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Summer Festivals

BACH: MAHAN ESFAHANI & BRITTEN SINFONIA

Performers

Mahan Esfahani
harpsichord/director
Jacqueline Shave
violin/director
Thomas Hancox
flute
Britten Sinfonia

Programme

JS Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 2 BWV 1067
JS Bach
Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
JS Bach
Keyboard Concerto in E major, BWV 1053
JS Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 BWV 1050

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani joins Britten Sinfonia in an ambitious performance of Bach at Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The 21st century’s leading champion of the harpsichord joins to perform Bach’s uplifting and era-defining keyboard concertos.

Bach’s boundless creativity is also on view in his second orchestral suite, with its virtuosic part for solo flute, and the fifth Brandenburg, which bursts the seams of the baroque concerto grosso genre with a staggeringly virtuosic harpsichord solo, laying the groundwork for the nineteenth-century piano concerto.