Following a previous purchase of "The Guitar" I anticipated more of the same - solo guitar,- so initially I was disappointed that the "purity?" of the solo instrument seemed somewhat overwhelmed by the accompanying orchestra on this CD - "Aranjuez". Having said that - It is "growing on me" with repeat playing; there are a few solo pieces and the orchestral pieces are pleasing, It was just that I was taken by surprise, looking back, only the 3star reviewer commented on the presence of the orchrestra !.
This is a CD of Spanish music for guitar and orchestra. The music is pretty tight in terms of not straying or wandering from the tempo at all but the effect is great. His great charisma is very obvious and he plays with flair and huge technical proficiency. Of the CD as a whole Milos himself has described it as "the most intense and substantial" of all his CD's so far. This I would agree with - and it adds to how very good this recording is.
Although young, it is very clear that he is heading toward a great career - I for one will be watching with interest. I would highly recommend this CD.
This recording is a must-have for anyone interested in classical guitar and indeed, I would say if you only ever buy one classical album in your life, then get this one. Firstly, the pieces themselves are among the finest every conceived for the instrument and highlight the sheer genius of the blind composer Rodrigo as well as Manuel de Falla. The former, whose 'Concierto de Aranjez's second movement is as famous as it is beautiful (and when you understand the 'meaning' behind that particular movement, the beauty, the turmoil and the final ascending arpeggio, it can reduce you to tears). It is good to see the Fantasia given an airing as well which is all too often forgotten about. The arrangement of de Falla's Three Cornered Hat is a Spanish tour de force but it is his original composition for the guitar, the Hommanaje de Debussy that we see the guitar being taken seriously by a mainstream composer. It may not be easy on the ear for some people, but the brilliance of the composition to exude so many of the guitars textures in one short piece demands sheer mastery. Milos has now firmly taken the 'baton' following on from Segovia (whom I had the prviledge of meeting many years ago) and Julian Bream and John Williams who have done so much for the instrument. He has taken from their inspiration and aspects of their playing and has defined his own clear and articulate style which is a joy to listen to. The classical guitar needed a new 'champion' to promote and make the instrument accessible to the world again. Milos has finally arrived.
What an excellent technician on the guitar, but the difference that makes Milos brings the music to life with his amazing gift of expression of the music, be it classical or more popular. We shall surely hear much more of Milos now that the work of Williams and Bream is not so prolific. Bravo Milos !
A wonderful album for all those who think the classical guitar is a thing of the past. This fresh approach will revive your interest and taste on guitar music. A most for the beginner and a good compliment for the avid classical music collectionist.