Mahan Esfahani's newly released disc of Czech concertos is an "unalloyed joy"

3 February 2023

Mahan Esfahani released his newest disc, of Czech harpsichord concertos on Hyperion on Friday 3rd February - his first concerto album for the label. The disc features 20th century concertos written by Hans Krása, Bohuslav Martinů, and Viktor Kalabis. Alexander Liebriech conducts the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The disc has already received critical acclaim from several publications:

"An unalloyed joy from first chord to last. Martinů, Krása and Kalabis all on one programme: what’s not to like?...If I encounter an album as good as this one this year I will be overjoyed" - Guy Rickards, Gramophone

"Esfahani makes sparks ear-opening recording" - Erica Jeal, The Guardian

"Esfahani's crusades for his instrument know no bounds...throughout Esfahani's fingers never stop sparkling" - Geoff Brown, The Times ****

"Martinu's writing for the instrument is remarkably idiomatic and delivered here by Mahan Esfahani with poise and elegance...these excellent and committed performances get to the heart of these fascinating works" - Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine (performance 5*, recording 4*)

More information and clips from the disc can be found on the Hyperion Records website here, and fuller extracts from the reviews can be read here.

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