Recorded live with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and renowned harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, under the direction of Leif Segerstam, at the world premiere in Aarhus, Denmark on September 10, 2020.
The Harpsichord Concerto was commissioned by Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, for Mahan Esfahani.
The UK premiere will take place on November 6, at Caird Hall in Dundee with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Søndergård.
Poul Ruders, who is special and versatile at the same time, dared to take on this task, inspired by a commission from Aarhus. He was also attracted by the idea of listening from the past to the present and vice versa. (…) Ruders succeeds at all times, regardless of technical amplification, in giving the harpsichord free rein.
– Uwe Krusch, Pizzicato
Listening to this new, 2022 work by Poul Ruders with the sounds of English National Opera’s new production of The Handmaid’s Tale ringing in my ears only confirms the status of this composer’s music; he is a giant of contemporary music. (…) Recommended on every conceivable level. The confluence of composition, performance and recording here is beyond criticism.
– Colin Clarke
Mahan Esfahani talks about the World Premiere of Poul Ruders' Harpsichord Concerto:
Poul Ruders talks about his Harpsichord Concerto (in Danish):