Rebeca Oliveira Plays Sonata No. 80 by Seixas

Rebeca Oliveira performs her arrangement of Sonata No. 80 by the Portuguese composer Carlos Seixas (1704–1742). This comes via her Youtube channel. I’ve featured Oliveira a few times and really appreciate her solid performances filled with great technique, rhythmic drive, and refined musicality. Her phrasing is so nicely balanced and well delivered. Here’s her YouTube description about the composer:

José António Carlos de Seixas, born in Coimbra, on June 11th 1704, was a leading figure in the 18th-century Portuguese music. It is acknowledged that he composed more than 700 Sonatas and Toccatas, but only around 100 survived until our days. The Lisbon earthquake of 1755 is responsible for the destruction of most of Seixas’ works. The Sonatas are typical examples of the stylistic ambiguity of the transitional period between the Baroque and Classical styles. In Seixas’ Sonatas, it is possible to appreciate the juxtaposition between the European music of the time and the melancholic and nostalgic Portuguese character.

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