Isaac Albéniz: Asurias (Leyenda) –
Granada (Serenata) – Sevilla (Sevillanas)
Francisco Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra – Lágrima – Capricho árabe – Adelita
Carlo Domeniconi: Koyunbaba
Mikis Theodorakis: Epitáphios
(Nos. 3 & 4)
Miguel Llobet: El testament de n’Amelia
Enrique Granados: Andaluza –
Milos Karadaglic (guitar), English Chamber Orchestra, Paul Watkins (conductor)
Recorded in Air Studios, London (October & December 2010) – 62’54
Deutsche Grammophon B001557902 – Booklet in English
When one thinks of classical guitarists the names Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams come to mind. With this debut disc, 27 year old Milos Karadaglic has made it clear that he is ready to join those greats.
This recording is riveting and drew me in to the point that I just simply sat down and let the music wash over me. The technical prowess and delicate artistry of this young man was evident but so was his empathy and love for the music. His fingering is precise yet sensitive and his phrasing excellent. Something that really struck me was the quietness of Mr. Karadaglic’s fingers as he moved along the fingerboard – no squeaking or thumping about. While many of the works were familiar, this presentation seemed infused with the souls of the composers as well as the soloist. Opening with Albéniz’s Asturias was a safe choice but never have I heard it played quite this well – the high notes were nothing short of exquisite. The excellence continued throughout the disc without disappointment. Great acoustics contribute to the ambience of the recording; a tranquil cathedral-like setting where an occasional breath on the part on Mr. Karadaglic could be heard. Rather than be a disturbance, this seems more like the listeners are privy to the artist in the process of creation.
This would be an impressive recording in any time line; as an initial offering, it is outstanding and belongs in any collection.