Klatovsko, 21/5/2003, Jiří Hostýnek Klatovy

Klatovy - On Thursday, May 15, the Klatovy lovers of music welcomed the clarinetist Robert Pacourek and the pianist Karel Prokop in a nice gothic hall of the Klatovy town hall. Both artists introduced themselves as a perfect concerted duo and delivered a very interesting and respectable programme. Already the first and superb Sonatina of B. Martinů indicated that we should enjoy a relevant artistic performance of both artists. The following Selanka op. 16, one of the best know Fibich´s compositions, was heard in a very seldom time shades which was beneficial for the composition. Sonatina for the clarinet and the piano by the contemporary (and here almost unknown) composer Malcolm Arnold brought music which was fresh and optimistic in spite of its up-to-dateness. It was a real discovery for the audience. Recitativo e Canto, composed for the clarinet competition of The Prague Spring 2002, by another contemporary composer J. Klusák was a piece of melodious and almost meditative music not loosing emotional and tempestuous antithesis.

The final Brahm´s Sonata no. 2 Es major was the real touchstone of the chamber music. This sonata, whose piano part is more difficult and substantial than that of the clarinet, was played considerably and it was a dignified endpoint of the whole evening programme.

We wish further artistic successes to both pleasant and knowing artists and we are looking forward to meeting them in Klatovy again.