|Michal Sťahel cello piccolo
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
|Johann Sebastian Bach
||Three Sonatas for Cello and Harpsichord BWV 1027 – 1029|
Although the musicologists often discuss the term violoncello piccolo, and despite the fact that Bach dedicated not only his 6th solo suite but also several solo parts in his cantatas to it, today we know little about its period usage. Thus it can be a unique audio experience for the listeners to hear this Baroque instrument combined with the precise copy of the German double manual harpsichord, the model used by Bach while staging his concert pieces.
Michal Sťahel is one of our best cellists, he constantly devotes himself to the so-called historically informed performance and collaborates with many interesting musicians. Mahan Esfahani, a globetrotter with roots in Iran, is one of them. In addition to his other awards the young artist was proclaimed the Instrumentalist of the Year in 2014 by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London and he acquired the Gramophone Artist of the Year prize as the first harpsichord player.