[21 June 2011]
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.