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Milos Karadaglic - Aranjuez / Chicago on the Aisle review

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When I chatted with the young Montenegrin classical guitar virtuoso Miloš Karadaglić last November, about an impending solo appearance at City Winery, he made a brief digression to a major project then in progress – a recordng with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra that would pair Joaquín Rodrigo's popular "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Fantasía para un gentilhombre." Karadaglić described it as the biggest event of his artistic life. 

The CD has just been released, and it is a multifaceted beauty: eloquent, warmly spirited performances of both concertos plus three solo turns that alone might justify the price of the disc. What's more, the new CD hits just as the 31-year-old guitarist returns to Chicagoland to play – what else? – the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Robert Moody on July 11th at the Ravina Festival.

It's hard to know what to admire most about Karadaglić's masterly Aranjuez. More than technically effortless, his playing reflects a profound poetic rapport with Rodrigo's flamenco-inspired music. By turns singing, incisive, sensual and brilliant, this is a recording I could imagine living with in desert-island bliss. Nezet-Seguin's all-in engagement with music and soloist is also evident in the London Philharmonic's vivacious support. READ THE FULL Chicago on the Aisle REVIEW.