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Britten Sinfonia with Mahan Esfahani

Britten Sinfonia with Mahan Esfahani

Leeds International Chamber Season 2019/20: From Dawn to Dusk

Britten Sinfonia
Mahan Esfahani – harpsichord

CPE Bach - Quartet for viola, flute, cello, and harpsichord Wq 93
JS Bach – The Musical Offering BWV 1079:
          Ricercar a 3
          Ricercar a 6
          Trio Sonata
Richard Strauss – Suite: Capriccio
Walter Piston – Sonatina for violin and harpsichord
Manuel de Falla – Concerto for harpsichord and five instruments

The opening concert of the season features a unique programme with guest Artistic Director Mahan Esfahani and the Britten Sinfonia.

The first half of the concert explores the idea of tribute, with CPE Bach’s homage to his father in a late quartet whose first movement explores the name “B-A-C-H” in its melodic material. JS Bach’s own trio from The Musical Offering represents the great master in the last few years of life when he turned his mind and pen to speculative and experimental projects in music. The instrumental excerpts from Strauss’ opera Capriccio evoke the world of the eighteenth century - a poignant reminder of the ‘lost world’ of the past in the midst of the birth of the Second World War.

In Walter Piston’s Sonatina and Manuel de Falla’s spiky and intense Concerto we witness a rebirth for that great Sleeping Beauty of instruments, the harpsichord, in the form of the first modern work for violin and harpsichord and the first modern concerto, respectively.


Booking dates
8-19 July: For existing chamber subscribers retaining seats
Please note this is a separate subscription from the Endellion String Quartet series.
Requests for seat changes by existing subscribers will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis from 22 – 26 July and can be returned to the Box Office any time from 8 July.
29 July: For new subscribers
17 August: General booking

Subscription renewals may be made by phone, post, or in person. New subscriptions may also be booked online from 29 July



Full Price: £22/£20  
Over 60s: £20/£10 
Under 18s/students/unwaged: £11/10  

U26 tickets in week before concert: £5 (subject to availability)

Prices include 6% booking fees.

Tickets & Times

  • Tue 15 Oct , 7:30 PM