Byrd / Bach / Ligeti - Wigmore Hall Live
Label: Wigmore Hall
Feast your ears on this recording of a monster recital by the harpsichordist, who covers ground ranging from the sprightly music of Byrd (Tracks 1-14), to the elegance of Bach's Musical Offering (Tracks 15-17), and then onto three modernist milestones by Gyorgy Ligeti (Tracks 18-20). The contrapuntal feel is crucial in all these composers' works, but perhaps most surprising is the harpsichordist's take on Ligeti's "Hungarian Rock." Lo and behold, amid its avant-complexity, the piece can actually groove -- at least in Esfahani's hands. The crowd eats it up, and you will, too.