Rebeca Oliveira Plays Fandango Varié, Op. 16 by Aguado

Rebeca Oliveira performs Fandango Varié, Op. 16 by Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849). This comes via her YouTube channel. Excellent playing as usually from Oliveira, I always look forward to her videos. I really appreciate the textural clarity, intricate articulations, and rhythmic drive of her playing all within nicely directional phrasing. Here’s her YouTube description about the composer:

Dionisio Aguado y García (1784 –1849) was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer of the late Classical and early Romantic periods. The fandango, a Spanish dance from the 17th century, originally emerged from a dance accompaniment by guitar and castanets – but then became one of the most important and popular rhythms of Spanish music. In the style of Antonio Soler and Luigi Boccherini, Aguado produces a transcription of an improvisation in a fandango rhythm that expresses the closeness and mutual influence of classical and popular music.

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  1. With regard to that “rhythmic drive”–she seems to accomplish this with a remarkable economy of motion. The fast passages–look at about 2:35–I can scarcely see her fingers moving!