Carlos de Seixas: Harpsichord Sonatas 1

Carlos de Seixas: Harpsichord Sonatas 1

by Debora Halász
     
 

A student and younger contemporary of Domenico Scarlatti on the Iberian peninsula, Portuguese composer Carlos de Seixas (1704-1742) wrote harpsichord sonatas in much the same vein as his teacher. Since precise dates for the compositions of either composer are hard to come by, it is even possible that the student might have influenced the teacher in some ways. His… See more details below

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A student and younger contemporary of Domenico Scarlatti on the Iberian peninsula, Portuguese composer Carlos de Seixas (1704-1742) wrote harpsichord sonatas in much the same vein as his teacher. Since precise dates for the compositions of either composer are hard to come by, it is even possible that the student might have influenced the teacher in some ways. His sonatas here don't harness the differentiation of texture to the new possibilities of harmonic rhythm in quite the precise ways that Scarlatti's do, and the multimovement structure of many of the sonatas makes them a little diffuse as compared with Scarlatti's. But what the listener gets instead is real fire on the harpsichord strings; Seixas must have been a formidable player. Sample the big peroration on a single harmony at the beginning of the "Sonata No. 19 in D major" (track 3), the sforzando-like banging chords in the first movement of the "Sonata No. 34 in E minor" (track 8), or the sheer exuberance of the single-movement "Sonata No. 44 in F minor" for an example of what's in store for the listener here. The "Sonata No. 10 in C major" contains an unwieldy movement pair: a 13-minute Allegro and a two-minute minuet, but the ways in which Seixas fills up 13 minutes are consistently interesting and never simply episodic. These big, surprising, sometimes abrupt works have found a perfect interpreter in harpsichordist Débora Halász, who despite the Hungarian name is a Brazilian artist mostly known for playing the piano. Hers is definitely a pianist's harpsichord style, but with Seixas that's exactly what's called for. Don't be put off by the ugly logos on the cover (several German broadcasters had their fingers in the pie on this disc), or by the specialist-sounding "eighteenth century Portuguese" banner at the left -- this is an unusually satisfying disc of Baroque keyboard music, packed with real thrills.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313245925
catalogNumber:
8557459
Rank:
386572

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Tracks

  1. Keyboard Sonata No. 36 in E minor (Allegro - Allegretto: Tempo di Minuetto)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  2. Keyboard Sonata No. 19 in D major (Allegro)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  3. Keyboard Sonata No. 18 in C minor (Largo - Allegro - Adagio - Gigue. Allegro)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  4. Keyboard Sonata No. 34 in E major (Presto - Minuet)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  5. Keyboard Sonata No. 44 in F minor (Allegro)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  6. Keyboard Sonata No. 43 in F minor (Moderato - Minuet)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  7. Keyboard Sonata No. 24 in D minor [Allegro]  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  8. Keyboard Sonata No. 27 in D minor (Allegro - Minuet)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  9. Keyboard Sonata No. 42 in F minor (Allegro - Minuet)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  10. Keyboard Sonata No. 37 in E minor (Allegro - Adagio - Minuet)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  11. Keyboard Sonata No. 57 in A major (Allegro - Adagio - Allegro assai)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  12. Keyboard Sonata No. 10 in C major (Allegro - [Tempo di Minuetto])  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß
  13. Keyboard Sonata No. 50 in G minor (Allegro)  - Jose Antonio Seixas  - Debora Halász  - Thorsten Preuß

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