Milos Karadaglic

Milos Karadaglic

Guitar

• Born 1983

Editor's Choice

It was inevitable that Montenegrin superstar classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić would record the cornerstone of his instrument’s repertoire, Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. It’s his other choices for this album – less often heard music by Rodrigo and his great older contemporary Manuel de Falla – that reveal the kind of musical explorer that Miloš is. He gives us Falla’s tribute to Debussy, written shortly after the Frenchman’s death, along with a flash of colour from his famous ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat). The album also fills out the picture of Rodrigo with his concerto Fantasía para un gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Gentleman), written fifteen years after Aranjuez, in 1954, for the legendary Andrés Segovia, the first guitarist Miloš ever heard on record.

Biography

Miloš Karadaglić grew up in a generally unsettled time in Montenegro, but despite that managed to gain adulation from almost anyone who heard him play his guitar as a boy. He began playing at age eight and was soon performing publicly and gaining national accolades. Karadaglić managed to navigate the change from being a widely known figure in a country with a population less than one-tenth the size of that of London to living and attending school in London, without other family members and still a teenager. His parents always encouraged his music, and their support, even though from a distance, remained his anchor. Karadaglić cites Segovia, Williams, and Bream as his musical inspirations, and he hopes to bring back some of the popularity among a wider public for classical guitar music that those masters had in the 1970s. In 2010 Deutsche Grammophon signed Karadaglić to an exclusive contract, with his first album, Mediterráneo, released in spring 2011, featuring -- as expected, given his heroes -- Spanish music as well as works representing his Balkan roots. The album topped classical charts around the world, and just a year later he released the follow-up, Latino, which showcased South American repertoire from the likes of Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos. In 2016 he deviated slightly from his roots by covering a selection of Beatles classics on Blackbird: The Beatles Album. The album became somewhat of a breakout success for Karadaglić, reaching number 24 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart.

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