New Paths

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Salvador Brotons: II.Galop

In Cantus Horn, the language used is made up of octophone modes made of various structures, which are filtered by the compositional system proposed by Edmond Costere. Introducció i Galop, Op. 148 is an eminently virtuosistic composition for the horn player, but also full of interesting dialogues with the pianist; the Introducció is slow, based on a dodecafonic melody from the start and Galop is fast and virtuosistic. Tientos de la trompa alada (Tientos of the Winged Horn) is inspired by the next to the last verse of the poem by Góngora A Don Francisco de Padilla, castellano de Milán, where there appears a winged horn. Mar sin Luna, In memoriam Javier Bonet Silvestre, this piece, composed as a tribute to Javier Bonet Silvestre, speaks about the tragic theme of suicide. Juegos sobre ‘Tocatico-tocatá’, Games on “Tocatico-tocatá”. Homage to Carles Santos was born. It is a brief chamber work, in which song-like elements of Carles Santos’ work come into play, joined to other suitable ones that are melodic, harmonic and polyphonic. Elegía ponders a narrative that expresses in a cyclical form contrasting thematic sounds and sketches that represent antagonistic situations and states of mind. Consolación is a single movement piece which alternates highly contrasting sections that show the multiple resources that this ensemble can afford. These go from lyrical to energetic, going through rhythmical and scherzando episodes. A piece of great difficulty, in accordance with the technical capabilities of the intended performers.

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The Horn and Piano Duo

Miriam Gómez-Morán and Javier Bonet can boast of being one of the very few stable horn and piano duos in the world, and certainly the only one capable of presenting at the highest level, both style performances in their programes: the one with original instruments and also contemporary creations. Musicians of the highest order, with perfectly established individual careers, these two restless performers have taken the repertoire for this ensemble to numerous venues around the world since they began collaborating in 2002. Special mention should be made of the recital they gave in February 2018 at Carnegie Hall in New York. Their recordings, unique in this genre in Spain, also stand out for the Arsis label. With original instruments they have recorded a CD with the music by Dauprat, Tableau Musical, and released also another album with classical sonatas for natural horn and fortepiano (Ries, Krufft, Danzi and Czerny). 

In the field of modern instruments they have three recordings: Romances pour cor et piano (Arsis); Just for Fun (ExAudio) which includes transcriptions of universal pieces made by Javier Bonet himself, and now, after their incorporation as artists on the IBS Classical label, this recording entitled New Paths.  They often team up with outstanding performers of other instruments to present chamber music programes such as trios with violin or soprano and with ensambles of various wind instruments. Both of them also work as pedagogues, and have given courses as a duo for institutions such as the Spanish National Youth Orchestra

MIRIAM GÓMEZ-MORÁN, piano

Born in Madrid, Miriam Gómez-Morán began studying piano at the age of eleven at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in her hometown, where she graduated as Higher Piano Teacher in 1994 as a student of Carmen Deleito, Manuel Carra and José Luis Turina. During this period, she received frequent advice from Josep Colom. In 1992, she moved to Budapest (Hungary) for a four-year postgraduate course at the Academy of Music “Liszt Ferenc” under the guidance of Ferenc Rados, Károly Botvay and Kornél Zempléni. From 1998 to 2000, she studied fortepiano and harpsichord at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg (Germany) with Robert Hill and Michael Behringer, and piano with Tibor Szász. She also had lessons from Vital Julian Frey.  She obtained the degrees of Musiklehrer (2000) and Künstlerische Ausbildung (2002), majoring in Historical Keyboard Instruments. In 2019 she earned her PhD at the University of Valladolid with the dissertation Franz Liszt’s Performance Practice of his Piano Works through the Testimony of his Students. Prizewinner in several national and international competitions, Miriam Gómez-Morán has maintained a growing concert schedule since the age of twelve, with frequent performances in Europe, North America and Asia. In addition to her solo appearances as soloist in recital and with orchestra, she often appears in chamber and contemporary music groups, performing regularly with hornist Javier Bonet and with pianist José Felipe Díaz (Duo Prometheus). She is founding member of the Trio “Auf dem Strom” and the Ensemble Dreisam. She has premiered works by composers such as José Luis Turina, Rogelio Groba, César Camarero, Vicente Roncero, Icli Zitella, Alejandro Trapero, Miguel Bustamante, Salvador Brotons, César Cano, Francisco Zacarés, Miguel Ángel Tallante and Juanjo Colomer. Among her albums, in addition to those recorded with Javier Bonet, it is worth mentioning the CD “Liszt: Piano Works” (VRS 2014) and a CD in the Complete Piano Sonatas by Mozart, issued by the Autonomous University of Madrid. All of them have been highly praised by critics. She has also taken part in radio and television broadcasts in various countries. Ms. Gómez-Morán is the author of several articles on music in scientific publications, as well as a regular contributor to Excelentia magazine. She gives masterclasses in countries such as Spain, Canada, Finland, Hungary and Germany. Since 2000, she works as a Piano Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León.

JAVIER BONET, french horn

Javier Bonet began his studies in Spain under the tutelage of his father and Miguel Rodrigo in Valencia. Continuing his studies he accomplished his faculties at Folkwang Musik Hoschschule in Essen, Germany, with Hermann Baumann. He also took part in masterclasses of Daniel Bourgue, Philip Farkas, Vicente Zarzo and Ab Koster. Bonet is a tireless researcher in the field of horn  history and a world-wide sought-after soloist and chamber musician. As a player of the natural horn he enjoys an internationally acknowledged reputation as an interpreter on historical instruments, which are likewise the domain of the ensemble Corniloquio, founded by Bonet himself, with whom he has released two recordings on the ARSIS label. On the modern horn, Javier Bonet has premiered a wide range of contemporary compositions and has performed in many different chamber music ensembles, as well as presenting and promoting numerous educational programmes. He has also performed as a soloist with most of the orchestras in Spain and other European countries, as well as in Taiwan, Thailand, Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, Japan, China, the Philippines and the United States.  He has been commissioned to give several world premieres of horn concertos, such as those by: E. Cosma, J. Colomer, M.Constant, R.Beltrán, X.Camino. He gave the Spanish premiere of G. Ligeti’s horn concerto in 2000, and the world premiere of Ab Origine by Salvador Brotons with the Orquesta Nacional de España in 2009. Among a great number of recordings as a soloist with the modern and natural horn, (in addition to those already mentioned with Miriam Gómez-Morán)  for labels like VERSO, ARSIS, SONY, AUVIDIS, EXAUDIO or ALIA VOZ, the horn concerto “Naturaleza Humana” by Juan José Colomer should be highlighted, as well the recording “Great Romantic horn concertos” (Glière, Strauss, Chabrier and Weber) and the W. A. Mozart’s Horn Concertos with Hermann Baumann leading the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. As a horn teacher Bonet offers regular courses in Spain and at several foreign conservatories in Lisbon, Porto, Paris, Lyon, Birminghan, Budapest, Berlin, Bloomington, Seoul, Mexico City, Moscow, San Petersburg,  Caracas, Beijing, Seoul or Tokyo.  As a professor of horn he worked with the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León, and at present holds a chair as a professor of natural horn and French horn at ESMUC in Barcelona.  Being a prize-winner himself in various international competitions he is now active in the jury of the most reputed competitions as they take place in Porcia, Geneva or the  ARD in Munich. Javier Bonet is a member of the National Orchestra of Spain since 1987. www.javierbonet.com