A journey through the most important sonatas written in the 20th century with the clarinet as the protagonist, by five great composers. The Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000), Joseph Horovitz (1926), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), and Edison Denissow (1929-1996).
A journey through the most important sonatas written in the 20th century with the clarinet as the protagonist, by five great composers. The Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000) proposes us in his Sonata for clarinet and piano a neoclassical atmosphere in the clear formal definition of his themes and in a certain harmonic freedom, yet he offers a more scholastic work, more solid and resounding that is already clearly evident from the beginning of the work: in the underlying sonata form of the first movement, Allegro deciso. This CD includes a final perspective of the neoclassical conceptual model, offered by the Austrian (later an English citizen) composer and conductor Joseph Horovitz (1926) in his Sonatina for clarinet and piano composed in 1981. Quiet, as if emerging from a dim light, Sonata en re by Nino Rota (1911-1979), composed in 1945, comes to us to finally offer us a musical image brimming with Mediterranean light. Kindness, beauty, simplicity and pleasant repose merge into a piece of scholastic organization in which solid formal structures guarantee the listening and understanding of a fundamentally melodic discourse, always well articulated. Sonata for clarinet and piano by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), how much tenderness enclosed in the beautiful notes of this score! An irrepressible need to listen carefully, once again, the slow section of the first movement invades all of us who know the work, but its beauty is not only collected in that fantastic moment of 16 bars in which it seems to come together in the most delicate moments of Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet or of Pavane pour une infante défunte by the same author, the simple and naive way of these notes, full of grace, in the Renaissance sense of the word: “as if it was not difficult to write this passage “. A different world, despite the proximity in time, is what Edison Denissow (1929-1996) offers us in his Sonata for clarinet, composed in 1972. We have reserved for the end the comment of the penultimate work of this album this piece which is a very successful work that collects innumerable possibilities of expression of the clarinet, far from those exhibited in the rest of the chosen pieces. Glissandi, quarters of tone, frullati, trills, tremolos, etc.
Antonio Salguero is a clarinettist who has always combined performing and teaching. Throughout his career he has worked with professors such as Fulgencio Morón, José Luis Estellés and Hans Deinzer, and has been invited to perform at prestigious festivals in Beijing, Bergen, Palermo, Madrid, Ostend, Seville, Oporto, Lisbon and Algiers, both as a soloist, and taking part in chamber music and orchestral formations. He has worked with orchestras such as the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Ciudad de Almería and Orquesta de Cadiz. He was a founding member of the Orquesta Arsian, an Andalusian project that for more than a decade has been developing an interesting work beyond its territory ranging from the operatic repertoire to symphonic, not leaving aside other fields such as chamber music and contemporary repertoire. He is currently principal clarinet of Orquesta Bética de Cámara, a formation that was founded by Manuel de Falla, and during the last years under the conducting of Michael Thomas, has become a chamber music reference in Spain, preserving the legacy of the Andalusian musician without neglecting the own repertoire of this kind of orchestra. As a soloist Antonio has performed in places like Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Greece and England. He has also performed with Ensemble Solistas de Seville and Taller Sonoro, which are specialized groups in the contemporary repertoire through several national festivals, China and Mexico. In 1998 he became the first Spanish clarinettist to win the First Prize at the International Clarinet Competition “Ciudad de Dos Hermanas”. In the same edition he also won the Special Prize “Manuel Castillo” for the best interpretation of the piece Orippo, created by the composer himself. Since 2001 Antonio Salguero has been a clarinet professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel Castillo in Seville and from 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Pedro Gavilán is a pianist born in Córdoba, who graduated in piano specialties and chamber music from the Conservatorio Superior de música “Rafael Orozco” in his hometown. Throughout his training he has received classes from important maestros such as Antonio Sánchez, Juan Miguel Moreno, Ana Guijarro, Almudena Cano, Julián López Gimeno, Joaquín Achúcarro and Rafael Quero with whom he obtained the highest degree in piano with maximum grades and a final prize. He was selected as an active student in the piano courses of the Chiggiana Academy in Siena (Italy) and was taught by Joaquín Achúcarro. He has been an accompanying pianist in master classes taught by leading international musicians such as Charles Neidich, Ralph Manno, Andreas Sunden and José Luís Estellés, among others. He has performed in Spain, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Romania and Belgium, both as a soloist and as a member of chamber music groups. His great interest in chamber music has led him to collaborate with different chamber groups that have allowed him to work in depth on important chamber music repertoire. He has also collaborated with different Spanish orchestras such as Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Ciuad de Cordoba and Orquesta Ciudad of Almeria where he has been conducted by Michael Thomas, Luis Remartínez, Pablo González, Ignacio Yepes, Manuel Hernández Silva and Vladimir Ashkenazy and has performed with soloists like Plácido Domingo, Estrella Morente, Dimitry Ashkenazy, etc. During the 2004-2005 academic year, he held a position as Professor of Piano at Conservatorio Superior de música “Rafael Orozco” and from 2009 to 2012 at the Real Conservatoriol Victoria Eugenia Conservatory in Granada. He is currently an accompanist in this institution.