THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT. Delight in the sumptuous, grand music of three great European Masters – F. Couperin, Johann Krebs and Antonio Soler. – performed by Rebecca Pechefsky.
Rebecca Pechefsky, lauded for her technical precision and interpretive sensitivity, performs grand works by François Couperin’s gorgeous Huitième Ordre, considered by many his finest harpsichord Suite; Johann Krebs’ vibrant Partita No. 6 in E-flat Major; & selected dazzling Sonatas by Antonio Soler.
BAROQUE TRANSITIONS IN FRANCE, GERMANY & SPAIN
Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713 – 1780)
Partita No. 6 in E-flat Major (Krebs-WV 827)
François Couperin (1668 – 1733)
Antonio Soler ( 1729-1783)
Sonata in D Minor, R. 39: [Allegro]
Sonata in G Major, R. 82: Allegro assai
Sonata in C Minor, R. 48: Allegro
Well known in the New York area, Rebecca Pechefsky has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion where she and Brooklyn Baroque perform in a yearly series. She has also been heard in concert series of the Miami Bach Society and the Harpsichord Center in Pasadena and Brentwood, California, as well as in fringe concerts of the Boston Early Music Festival and the Berkeley Festival. Recent European engagements include recitals in Tallinn (Estonian Harpsichord Festival), London (Handel House), Milan (Sforza Castle), Bologna, Genoa, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Basel. Among her recordings for Quill Classics are the complete harpsichord music of François d’Agincour; Bach and His Circle (JPF Music Award, Best Classical Solo Album); Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, praised in Fanfare as “excellent to the highest degree”; and Johann Ludwig Krebs @ 300. As part of the Krebs 300th birthday celebrations in Germany, she was invited to perform in Zwickau and Altenburg in October 2013. Also committed to contemporary music, she has premiered works by Beth Anderson, Mary Inwood, Mark Janello, Graham Lynch, Frank J. Oteri, Louis Pelosi, Johnny Reinhard, and Ben Yarmolinsky, and can be heard along with Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs on Uno, Due, Tre: New Works for Harpsichord by Mark Janello and Edwin McLean. Currently organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Glendale, Queens, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Erik Ryding, with whom she coauthored the award-winning biography Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere. Rebecca graduated as a piano major from Juilliard’s Pre-College program before earning her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, followed by an MA in harpsichord from Queens College and an MPhil in musicology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her piano teachers included Seymour Lipkin; she later studied harpsichord with Louis Bagger, Kenneth Cooper, and Raymond Erickson, with master classes from Olivier Beaumont, Kenneth Gilbert, and Colin Tilney. Her recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, appeared in November 2017 to critical acclaim. For more information, visit www.rpechefsky.com
AllMusic: “Pechefsky‘s combination of sensitivity and exactness ultimately takes the mind of the listener away from all concerns … and into apurely pleasurable and uplifting musical experience, the way Bach would have it.”
Fanfare: “The performance of [Francois d’Agincour’s] Ordres by Rebecca Pechefsky is, simply put, brilliant. She seems to know just how to use the registration and phrasing to make each movement stand out from the next…In short, she knows almost instinctively just how to phrase and provide nuances that bring this music alive, making it a joy to hear. A highly recommended [CD], especially for those who love harpsichord music.”
Dave Lewis for AllMusic: Pechefsky’s recording of Johann Krebs ‘…demonstrates her ability to its potential, which is to a phenomenal extent; the sheer excitement and enthusiasm that Pechefsky brings to her interpretation of Johann Ludwig Krebs never-before-recorded Partita in A minor is enough to lift you out of your seat. “