I am a lifelong lover of guitar, especially classical. I fell in love with Julian Bream's beautiful playing when I was in grade school, practically falling into a hypnotic trance every time the classical radio station played one of his albums. Even though there are MANY guitarists I love, I never found anyone to make me feel the way Bream does--until NOW. Now, there is MILOS. Oh. My. Goodness.
If you were lucky enough to hear his wonderful interview on Sirius Radio with Paul Bachmann, he tells about his childhood during the Balkan Civil Wars, and how he adored Segovia and flamenco in particular. He was naturally gifted, fingers moving at light speed, but when he arrived, a young music student in London, he realized that his natural gift had to be strengthened by hard work on basic, boring but essential technique. This, he did with the same intensity and the result is a scintillating sound with a warmth that I have not heard since Bream's lute-influenced tones.
This album has some delicious stuff; the astonishingly clear yet emotional Asturias of Albeniz, and even better, the subtle Oriental of Granados. What's fascinating about both these works, is that they were actually originally piano works imitating the sound of Spanish guitar. These had to be re-arranged for guitar (art imitating art?) and the Oriental sounds (Bachmann points out) as if it is played by two guitars, but Karadaglic's own arrangement is a triumph of deceptive simplicity, a clever work-out of a problem of two melodic hands melding into one. BTW, Milos'surname is pronounced, more or less, as Care-a-DODGE-lick and despite the record label's attempt to have him go by his easier first name of Milos (MIL-osh) it's good to know his last name, too, because if you are like me, you will want to hear more from this artist. He has performed the Ginastera sonata, and I can't wait for this to come out on CD. Ginastera is a 20th Century Argentinian composer who I just love.
More gems: the virtuoso Tarrega "Recuerdos del Alhambra" sounds like silver bells played impossibly swiftly, yet each tone as separate and clear as a pearl. The Jeux Interdits is emotional and warm and so soothing.
This album is probably going to have a permanent home on my MP3 player. And I can't wait to hear more from Karadaglic. So wonderful to hear a new, rising star of the guitar. I think I'm in love.