Young Artist of the Year at last year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards and cover star of Gramophone June 2012, Milos brings us a second disc 'Latino' with a South American repertoire to complement the first which had a Mediterranean one. The guitar is accompanied by a studio orchestra on Libertango, Por una cabeza ('Scent of a Woman' Tango), Quizas,Quizas,Quizas ('Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps' Tango) and Oblivion (Piazzolla Tango).
As a big fan of Latin music I am delighted with this new CD. The CD itself is a thing of beauty with wonderful evocative photographs and interesting notes about the compositions and treatment. Milos describes the music's directness "Latin American guitar music is perhaps even more uninhibited than Spanish". There is an exception to the Latin American origin and that is the tango by French-Tunisian guitarist and composer Roland Dyens 'Tango en saki'. Milos explains that "It is a very cool piece, and I have been playing it for many years as an encore in recitals. For me it epitomises joy". Milos has described his Australian Smallman guitar as being like a Ferrari, the sound is so rich, different from the traditional Spanish Torres-model guitar. Having now met the charming Milos at a post recital signing, I am more than ever a fan of 'my young guitar hero'. This CD has added warmth and joy to some chilly summer days.
It is suggested, in the Gramophone article, that Milos' next project might be Baroque, one of his biggest loves, "Bach is everything you can hope for" so we will have to wait and see. The Bach he played in concert we attended was so beautiful that I am hoping this will be one of his next projects. He also hinted at working with composers on new concertos. (David Russell has just issued 'Grandeur of the Baroque' perhaps this will result in a consideration of other projects first). It is certainly true that he plays the most popular instrument on the planet and is opening up the classical guitar to new audiences.