London, October 15, 2014

Marais La Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris (The Bells of St Genevieve)

Leclair Sonata in C minor, Op. 5 No. 6 ‘Le Tombeau’

Rameau Concerts Nos. 3 & 5 from the Pièces de clavecin en concerts

A. Forqueray La Forqueray, La Leclair, La Rameau from the Pièces de viole avec la basse continue

C.P.E. Bach Keyboard Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq 52/4


Mahan Esfahani harpsichord

Kati Debretzeni violin

Richard Boothby viola da gamba


Illustrated talk by Philipp Blom


Paris circa 1770: home to the brilliant philosopher, writer and chief editor of the Encyclopédie Denis Diderot – one of the most courageous advocates of a radical, godless Enlightenment. He and other like-minded intellectuals would meet at the salon of Baron d’Holbach to discuss how best to lead lives of passion and empathy, to indulge in fervent debates about opera, and to listen to chamber music – Diderot himself saw music as a direct route into people’s hearts and minds. In this concert, historian Philipp Blom, in company with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and friends, will investigate Diderot’s close relationship with music, interspersing period-instrument performances of chamber works by Marais, Leclair, Rameau, Forqueray and C.P.E. Bach – compositions that resonated through Diderot’s life – with readings from his letters, essays and novels.


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