One evening whilst on my way home from work, I stumbled upon a full page advert in the day’s Evening Standard for a Miloš Karadaglić concert. He had just released his 2nd CD, Latino, and was going to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I remember him being touted as a guitar prodigy and being the next big thing in classical music.
Never an ardent fan of this music genre, I was still curious given the extensive promotion – this was rockstar status investment by a recording company (the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon)! I purchased Latino that very weekend and I still play the CD on a weekly basis a few years later. I also bought tickets to the show. The Royal Albert Hall can be cavernous but on that evening, one man and one guitar shrunk the space completely and entranced everyone. It was a fantastic and memorable concert.
I now have Karadaglić’s debut CD, Mediterráneo, too. Whilst Latino showcased a contemporary and classical tunes from South America (highlights are “Libertango”, “Por Una Cabeza” amd “Danza Brasilera”), Mediterráneo focussed on classics from you guessed it, Mediterranean countries (listen to “Asturias” and “Granada”). Latino was later re-released as Latino Gold and included acoustic versions of “The Girl From Ipanema”, “Besame Mucho” and “Mas Que Nada”. My all-time favourite of the repackaged Latino Gold is “Somos Novios”.
If you get the chance to hear him play live, please do. For now, here’s a sample as I know no words to describe: Asturias. Enjoy.