“Fantasy on aria Là ci darem la mano from Mozart’s famous opera Don Giovanni showed us outright that, in front of audience, there were two skillful musicians, especially the clarinetist with already notable international reputation. Playing music was irreproachable, with the interpretation and virtuosity that Mr. Paar immediately imposed himself with. The three-movement Poulenc’s Sonata introduced to us all the qualities of Paar’s interpretation of melancholic, romantic and dynamic sections… Hommage á Manuel de Falla for clarinet solo by Béla Kovács brought out the artist in the special light confirming again his high performing technique and virtuosity. Mangani’s Pagina d’album was a real delicacy… Rosenblatt’s Fantasy on themes from Bizet’s opera Carmen could not leave us indifferent…

In the entire repertoire, Mihael Paar distinguished himself as a great performer. Though his great affection for the classics is obvious, he promotes contemporary music as well… Duo Paar – Pernicki not only made us acquainted with skillfully selected and excellenly performed program but they have also proved themelves to be young Croatian musicians who are welcome to the musical podium. The Festival connected the two young artists, while their inspiring playing music confirmed the slogan of the Epidaurus Festival, ‘Living with arts’.”

© The Voice of the City (Dubrovnik) – Franica Vidović-Krampus,

September 30st, 2011