Mahan Esfahani‘s inaugural album for Deutsche Grammophon, Time Present and Time Past, has been greeted with stunning reviews. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and combining the Baroque and Minimalism, the album features works by composers including J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Górecki and Steve Reich. Giving Mahan’s latest CD five starts, Richard Morrison writes the following:
“If you buy only one record of harpsichord music in your life — and that’s a decision I would have some sympathy with – buy this sensational album. The 30-year-old Iranian-American Mahan Esfahani has been making waves among connoisseurs for several years. Now he emerges as a superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed.” - The Times
In his review Morrison goes on to comment on the “brilliant” accompaniment by Concerto Köln in several of the works and concludes by dubbing the disc “a truly magical mash-up of times past, present and future”.
Elsewhere, Mahan’s playing has been described as “Esfahani at his vibrant and expressive best” (Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph) and “sparky” and “beguiling” (Erica Jeal, The Guardian).