Magazine article Czech Music

East European Music for Clarinet

Magazine article Czech Music

East European Music for Clarinet

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Karel Dohnal

Czech Radio

2002

In the twentieth century the clarinet became a very popular instrument thanks to its technical and expressive range. In the countries of Eastern Europe the clarinet was also one of the traditional instruments of folk music. The clarinettist Karel Dohnal is a representative of the younger generation of Czech performers and can already boast many successes (Laureate of the Prague Spring Competition, prizes from competitions in Ostend, Bayreuth and London), and twentieth-century music is an important part of his repertoire. His CD offers five pieces for clarinet by Eastern European composers, and all except one from the later twentieth century. Czech music is represented here by Bohuslav Martinu and Miloslav Istvan, Hungarian music by Rezso Kokai, Rumanian by Tiberiu Olah and Russian by Sergei Ivanovich Tanyeyev. Bohuslav Martinu's Sonatina and Miloslav Istvan's Sonata were written at almost the same time -- the mid-Fifties -- and both show strong inspiration by folk music. Martinu at this point, however, was al ready an accomplished master, while Istvan was only at the beginning of his career and still under the influence of his great model, Leos Janacek. …

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