Ever heard Bartók on the harpsichord?

Ever heard Bartók on the harpsichord?


norman lebrecht

November 27, 2013

I’ve been filming a conversation with the inspirational young harpsichordist, Mahan Esfahani, who thinks his instrument works best with modern and contemporary music. He’s about to release his first commerical recording. Out of the blue, in a sea of Bach, Mahan starts playing Mikrokosmos … and it sounds like club music. Irresi

Watch us talk and play right here on Sinfinimusic.


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There’s a longer audio interview here and a Bach session with Mahan here.


  • BillBC says:

    Terrific interview. Fascinating. Thanks for posting.

  • Angelika says:

    Thanks for sharing that with us, I really enjoyed every second of it.

  • Thank you Norman, this is great stuff. Mahan Esfahani is one of the most powerful advocates of the harpsichord to emerge for many years.

  • richardcarlisle says:

    Norman, your interview is as personally congenial as it is informative… many thanks!

    Here’s Paris Morgan, an Australian entry showing less stress and better coaching than others her age (two minor errors early but quite impressive):