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Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 1

The first in a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos by J S Bach performed here by Aapo Häkkinen and Mahan Esfahani.

Bach Concerto in D major BWV 1054
Suite in E flat BWV 819
Fantasia in C minor BWV 906
Concerto in C minor for two harpsichords BWV 1060

Some of today’s finest harpsichordists join forces with the exceptional players of Scotland’s Dunedin Consort for a major, six-part International Festival concert series, exploring the complete keyboard concertos – for one, two, three and four harpsichords – by J S Bach.

Five of the concerts take place in the remarkable surroundings of Edinburgh’s intimate St Cecilia’s Hall – Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall, dating back to 1763. The Hall also houses the University of Edinburgh’s rich collection of historical musical instruments, including an astonishing collection of harpsichords which are featured across these concerts.

This first concert brings together distinctive Finnish harpsichordist Aapo Häkkinen and the Iranian-American musician Mahan Esfahani, who delighted listeners at International Festival 2017, in Bach’s jubilant Concerto in D and his lyrical, graceful Double Concerto in C minor, alongside two deeply expressive works for solo keyboard.

Aapo Häkkinen Harpsichord
Mahan Esfahani Harpsichord
Musicians from the Dunedin Consort

Bach Concerto in D major BWV 1054
Suite in E flat BWV 819
Fantasia in C minor BWV 906
Concerto in C minor for two harpsichords BWV 1060


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Mahan Esfahani
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13 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.

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