The Cambridge Society for Early Music – RISING AGAIN


Beginning on the 15th of November, 2020, The Cambridge Society for Early Music is pleased to present this concert by the eminent and estimable harpsichordist Peter Sykes. The program will remain online for two weeks (until the 30th of November) and is available free of charge. It has been recently recorded at John Weston’s breathtaking Futura Productions studio in Roslindale, Massachusetts, where the ambience and acoustics are wondrously ideal for a harpsichord recital.

On the program are J. S. Bach’s Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 (c. 1710); Variations in C by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707); Toccata II in G by Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667); & Pièces de Claveçin (1744) by Jacques Duphly. The program gives us a showpiece of Bach in his prime, at about age 25; then works by two earlier composers who inspired him, Buxtehude and Froberger; and finally, later music of a sensitive, refined, and astonishingly brilliant Frenchman, Duphly. They all deserve a warm audience.

Concerts later in this season will be:

  • In Stile Moderno, 4-voiced lute songs of John Dowland
  • Les Bostonades, French works for two viols & harpsichord