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Milos

Mediterraneo

(Deutsche Grammaphon; US: 21 Jun 2011; UK: 21 Jun 2011)

Transcendent classical guitar with a Spanish lilt

Okay, first things first: 28-year-old Montenegro native Milos Karadaglic can play the heck out of a guitar. With a touch that alternates between fiery and serene, equally at home picking quickfire Spanish-style arpeggios or strumming the strings with the lightest of touches, Milos displays the kind of eye-popping virtuosity that heralds a genuinely rare talent.


As a solo record of acoustic guitar tracks, Mediterraneo remains engaging throughout. The transcendent opening track, “Asturias”, was composed by Isaac Albeniz in the 1880s, while “Oriental Nos. 2 and 5, from Danzas Espanolas” is the work of Enrique Granados, dating from 1890. Overall there is a Spanish lilt to this record; it is not the classical lute music of Bach, but generally carries a more modern sound. Song titles like “Granada,” “Sevilla” and “Spanish Romance” give away the game early on. Followers of classical guitar may well consider this release crucial. Less ardent fans of guitar virtuosity will find much to enjoy here as well.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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