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Mahan Esfahani


“A performance by Esfahani would be something to treasure.”
– Anna Picard, The Times

When Bach worked at the Calvinist court of Leopold van Anhalt-Köthen (1717-1723), he mainly wrote instrumental music including the French Suites for harpsichord. The title gives the impression that Bach was entirely imitating the French style of someone like François Couperin. However a typical French suite begins with an introductory prelude, which is not the case in Bach’s French Suites – they begin with nothing other than an allemande! What is more, the association with France was only made posthumously in 1762, by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg. The title probably refers to the galant character of the music. Bach uses less counterpoint here than in his other works.

Franse suite nr. 1 in d, BWV 812
Franse suite nr. 2 in c, BWV 813
Franse suite nr. 3 in b, BWV 814
Franse suite nr. 4 in Es, BWV 815
Franse suite nr. 5 in G, BWV 816
Franse suite nr. 6 in E, BWV 817

Thursday 10.02.2022
20.00 AMUZ
This concert will be longer than usual, there will be an intermission.

Cat. 1: €28 / €24
Cat. 2: €24 / €20

This concert is part of Abonnement BACHSUITESinPRIMETIME 1. You can find more information about season tickets here.


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