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Fool me once, fool me twice...
on November 28, 2012
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!