Between sets Esfahani discussed the pieces on his playlist, the harpsichord and Bach.
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Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani's recital of works by J.S. Bach at Beyt Amir Sunday transformed the old Lebanese house into a stately baroque home.To mark the occasion, this year's program offers a series of concerts focused on Bach's music and all that it has inspired until today.With harpsichord music so prominent in Bach's repertoire, the festival purchased its own instrument, allowing them to showcase the work as it was intended to be heard. Esfahani prefaced his final piece with some musings about the composer."I have never understood one note of Bach, but I have felt it".His finale was the "Toccata in D Major," an emotionally varied piece that Bach composed at age 23, with upbeat, staccato sections contrasting with more somber, slow passages.
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