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Pasion
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
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I bought the mp3 album after hearing a few tracks on a local classical music station. I was extremely impressed with his command of the guitar, and his understanding of the music. Yes, it's true (as another review has noted) that his emotional expression is occasionally not yet fully mature...but he has plenty of time to grow into that, and his progression from his 1st album to this is very promising. Just listen to his touch on "Milonga" (composed by Jorge Cardoso) and you'll understand the delicate feel that Milos can bring to a piece. I think this album is an important link in the very promising career of a future superstar in the classical guitar world. I urge you to get it and listen. I took it with me on a hiking trip into the mountains (with my own guitar on my back), and found it a great inspiration and wonderful complement to the delicate beauty and complexity of nature. I was even inspired to get some of the sheet music ahead of time and play it (for myself) at a remote lake near the top of a mountain. Listening to this music and then attempting to play it brought home the connection between music and nature. This is a great and inspirational album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
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Indeed, Milos Karadaglic is a very "easy on the eyes" "classical" guitarist. (After all he is young with "movie-star looks.) I am sure his recording company (DGG) exploits his looks as much as possible in order to sell his recordings. However, there is more to Milos than his looks. He plays the very familiar compositions on this his second disc for DGG most beautifully and as a previous reviewer stated: "he plays with dignity".

This album does contain very familiar so-called Latin sounding compositions by composers such as Piazzola (Libertango), Villa Lobos (Mazurka-Choro), Ponce (Scherzino), Gardel (Por una cabeza)etc.; it is an album filled with Latin sounding compositions(includes some wonderful tangos) usually played on the "acoustic" guitar that I have heard many times.

Having heard and really enjoyed Milos' first album on DGG, I readily purchased this second album of his on DGG and, once again, I really enjoyed Milos playing. He brings to these compositions such beauty of tone and a very keen sense of rhythm. I was able to sit in my "easy chair" and be transported to some far-away "Latin" locale with blue, sunny skies and clear starry romantic nights.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Milos Karadaglic's first album, Mediterraneo features famous Spanish music, some of which was transposed from piano music. I love this album. This second album "Pasion" features Latin American music, including Piazzola, the Argentinian tango composer and Villa-Lobos, Brazil's great composer. The Prelude #1 is one of Milos' signature pieces, and it's fantastic--worth the entire album in my opinion. Add in the Villa-Lobos Mazurka, which I like even more, and I'd be happy with just those two works.

I'm a big fan of Piazzola, the Argentinian tango composer, who is unsurpassed. The Libertango here has an orchestral accompaniment. Generally, I'm of the opinion that a small combo with accordion really is the way to do justice to Piazzola, but it's still wonderful with Milos on guitar.

Farres' folk song "Quizas" is delicate and exquisitely performed. Possibly my favorite on the album, though I am a big fan of Villa-Lobos and there are two excellent pieces here tha I just love. Villa-Lobos is Brazil's classical composer, and the Prelude #1 is one of Milos' signature performance pieces. However, I like the Mazurka even better.

This is a terrific album and the mix of the classical (Villa Lobos) with the popular South American music makes it different than "Mediterraneo" and absolutely, if you love this guitarist or if you love South American music, you'll love it. It is not so classical and has a more pop tone to it, which makes it more casual listening, perhaps.

The track list on Amazon doesn't list the composers, so I'm going to list them:

1. Piazzolla - Libertango

2. Morel - Danza brasilera

3. Villa-Lobos - Prelude No. 1 in E minor

4. Dyens - Tango en skaï

5. Gardel - Por una cabeza

6. Cardoso - Milonga

7. Barrios Mangoré - Un sueño en la floresta

8. Brouwer - Un día de noviembre

9. Farrés - Quizás, quizás, quizás

10. Sávio - Batucada

11. Villa-Lobos - Mazurka-Chôro

12. Piazzolla - Oblivion

13. Ponce - Scherzino mexicano

14. Ponce - Chanson

15. Rodríguez - La cumparsita

16. Barrios Mangoré - Una limosna por el amor de dios
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Following the successful debut release of his album Mediteranno in 2011, Montenegrin guitarist Milos Karadoglic gives us much of the same in a program of Latin-American music, Pasion, from 2012. By "much of the same" I mean he provides skillful renditions of popular classical works, this time with perhaps a shade more panache and bravura than before. Some listeners think Milos is too commercial, to be sure, too much cashing in on a Romantic style and appearance. That may be true, but it's hard to deny his musicianship.

John J. Puccio, Classical Candor
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
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I must admit, after reading reviews and seeing the financial backing DG put behind this artist, I bought into the hype and purchased Milos' Mediterraneo. The album was just OK, so I thought I would give him another chance and purchased Pasion. I feel bad writing such a harsh review because as one of my music professors said "it takes a lot of hard work to even be a bad musician." However, I've listened to this album a number of times and have to say that out of the 150+ classical guitar albums I own, it is one of the worst!

For a major label release, the lack of musicianship (not to mention recording quality) is alarming. For example, on Un Sueno en la Floresta the tremolo is just plain harsh and uneven (sounds like it was recorded in the '40s). If you want to hear this piece played up to modern standards, I suggest picking up Johannes Moller's Naxos recital. Danza Brasilera (as the title says) is a dance, but yet his playing is uneven, there is no shape to the lines and this recording has no sense of a steady beat! Look to Jason Vieaux's Naxos recital, it is the standard by which all others should be judged. I can't believe that the Villa-Lobos Prelude No 1 is one of his showcase pieces because he plays it completely wrong! If you look at the sheet music, the fingers are supposed to play straight eighth notes. I don't understand what he's trying to do; swing eighth's? I was taught that rubato playing is free, but still has to make sense rhythmically and I can't even begin to figure out what rhythm he's trying to play. Check out Manuel Barrueco's recording which is incredible!

In closing, take the positive reviews of this recording with a grain of salt - I don't think they were written by musicians, let alone guitarists or close followers of the instrument. There are so many fantastic artists out there that deserve this kind of hype. Please check out anything by Manuel Barrueco, or Jason Vieaux; or Pablo Garribay, Marcin Dylla and Gabriel Bianco's Naxos recitals if you want to hear incredible playing. All are excellent and Bianco's is flat out amazing - probably the best Naxos release since Jason Vieaux' back in the '90's. C'mon DG, sign one of these guys and give us something worthwhile!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I bought this Cd expecting a skillful and engaging experience.
Unfortuneately despite being an extremely skilled musician i found the tracks on the cd did not ignite any emmotional response- i was very disapointed.
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Music excellent.
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on June 6, 2014
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This amazing artist brings such beauty to this music -- he starts with something beautiful and improved on it! Amazing. I love listening to this cd.
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on May 19, 2013
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Milos' expertise with a classical guitar is without peer. He is a genius with a guitar, and I enjoy the energy he expresses.
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on January 2, 2013
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I had already heard portions of Pasion before ordering. music. Just what I wanted. I will probably order more of Milos.
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