François d'Agincour's music is almost unknown today, yet his harpsichord works stand comparison with those of his great contemporaries Jean-Philippe Rameau and François Couperin. This recording brings these forgotten masterpieces back to life. D'Agincour's music is both complex and gracious: French harpsichord music at its most subtle-from the grand "La Sincopée" to the beautifully wistful "L'Agréable" to the playful, evocative "Moulin à vent" ("The Windmill").
Little is known of d'Agincour's life. A contemporary of J. S. Bach, he worked in Rouen and Versailles and was a highly respected musician holding organist positions at several of the churches in Rouen, including the cathedral that Monet painted two centuries later in his famous series of canvases showing the cathedral at different times of day. This is the first volume of a projected two-volume set devoted to the complete harpsichord works of d'Agincour.
The harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky performs frequently in the New York area, having appeared at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and in numerous other venues in and around Manhattan, as well as in series such as Music at Morris-Jumel and Bach at Zion. She has also performed at the Boston Early Music Festival and in Arkansas and Texas. A founding member of Brooklyn Baroque, she has presented little-known works for chamber ensemble and recorded unjustly neglected compositions by Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and Elias Brunnemüller. Also committed to new music for harpsichord, Rebecca has premiered works by Mary Inwood, Frank J. Oteri, Louis Pelosi, and Johnny Reinhard. Currently organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Glendale, Queens, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Erik Ryding, with whom she has coauthored Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere, winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.