Yes, folks, Milos Karadaglic is launching his 3rd solo album on 17th February on Deutsche Gramophon. This offering from the Montenegrin maestro is entitled Aranjuez and for those of you with just a smattering of knowledge of the classical guitar will probably not be surprised that the recording is based around Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
A good ol’ standard of the repertoire, and frankly not that surprising that he’s gone for this popular, good solid winner of a piece. Let’s face it though if you had the backing of a major record label such as Deutsche Gramophon and the talent of the Milos then you’d probably want to record the Concierto de Aranjuez too – I know I would!
It also features Rodrigo’s Invocacion y Danza and Fantasia para un gentilhombre – a piece which often goes hand in hand with the Concierto. After all, you’ve the orchestra sitting there you may as well use them again! And the orchestra in this instance is none other than the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Not too shabby at all.
In keeping with the first half of the 20th century Spanish theme the recording is rounded out with two de Falla pieces – the wonderful Homenaje de Tombeau de Debussy (a favourite piece of mine) and Danza del Molinero.
And you can check out nearly 15 minutes of material from the album courtesy of a sampler on his You Tube page. I have to say I’m impressed with the sound, it feels a lot more mature than his last album and I’m really looking forward to listening to whole thing in full in a just over a week.
Check it out the sampler here and a video for his Danza del Molinero here!
* Can’t just be me that thinks there’s a physical similarity, right?