The Passinge mesures
Music of the English virginalists
Picture of Mahan Esfahani © Kaja SmithThis sensational recital—featuring some of the greatest keyboard music to emerge from these islands—is the perfect vehicle for Mahan Esfahani’s abundant talents. His accompanying booklet notes are an added bonus, guaranteed to inform, illuminate and provoke by turns.

Performed for the most part on a double-manual harpsichord made by Robert Goble & Son, Oxford (1990), kindly loaned by Bob Robertson and based on an instrument made by Carl Conrad Fleischer, Hamburg (1710); tracks 12, 15, 18 & 19 performed on virginals made by Huw Saunders, London (1989), kindly loaned by Huw Saunders and a copy of an instrument made by Thomas White, Old Jewry, London (1642). The temperament used for the recording was quarter-comma meantone, a'=408Hz.

CDA68249  77 minutes 34 seconds
‘Esfahani’s playing is colourful and magnetic, the fingerwork in the more virtuoso works absolutely clean and articulate. The mean-tone tuning gives the accidentals and chromatic outliers in the more ...
BBC Music Magazine
‘A recital that makes merry with any perceived limitations of early keyboard instruments … a seemingly inexhaustible supply of colour, dramatic potential, joyfully expressive variations of tempo ...