DAVID PONS GRAU, SAXOPHONES
MANUEL JESÚS CORBACHO, PIANO
The saxophone and piano duet was formed while David and Manuel were studying at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid in 2007. From the very beginning, they took on a demanding repertoire, with both originals and instrumental adaptations. The duet has had a busy concert schedule from the start, including performances in the main theatres in Madrid, such as the main theatre in the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. They have also played live on the classical radio channel of RNE and Euro Radio. They participated in the presentation of the CD ALMA and in the presentation for the brand D’addario in the II European Saxophone Congress, which took place in Oporto in 2017.
The group Lu-2 Tonalis has won prizes for the Best Contemporary Music group and the Premio Liceo Gestión Cultural from the “Miguel Ángel Colmenero Foundation”, Accésit in the II Concurso de Música de Cámara de Cofrentes (2017) and First Prize in the International Chamber Music Competition “Antón García Abril” (2017) which promotes they to play in “VII Festival of classic music” in Huéscar, “Fórum Internacional de Alto rendimiento Musical del Sud de Europa” and International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada (FEX).
When we made the decision to undertake this project, we sought to express our essence as a Duo. The interpretative energy, chamber dynamics and exploration of the technical limits of the repertoire are aspects that we consider define ‘Lu2 Tonalis’.
This CD, released in 2019, has been the result of a great joint effort. Into it, we have poured our work, our talent and our energy. We have been driven by the intention of offering quality interpretations, embodying our personal stamp. We trust that listening will produce at least part of the happiness that makes us ‘drunk’ when we make music.
Addressing the original Creston, Denisov, Hindemith and Albright piano and saxophone Sonates, as well as Thierry Escaich’s first recording on saxophone and piano reduction of Le Chant des Ténèbres concert. The repertoire in this record project summarizes the influences that 20th-century music has exerted on classical writing, covering a wide range of styles, interpretive models, and musical challenges, from Hindemith’s neoclassical sobriety to Escaich’s heartbreaking despair; likewise, the works allow them to show their own expressiveness and identity.