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Two absolutely totally essential discs

Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover

David’s Review Corner, David Denton

Following on [from] the first highly acclaimed disc of Bach’s English Suites in arrangements for guitar duo from the performers of the Balkan state of Montenegro.

“As I commented when reviewing the first three Suites, they have remained true to the spirit of the original scores, with much of the writing untouched, and in essence these come closer to the sound of a harpsichord than modern piano versions.”

On the other hand the works are not unduly challenging to a keyboard performer, but for the guitar duo the fast movements require playing of virtuoso quality, and, with two performers involved—Goran Krivokapić and Danijel Cerovic—the interweaving of the parts to create Bach’s one keyboard part is fiendishly difficult, and I guess the four days of recording speaks volumes of the Montenegrin’s desire for total perfection. In addition, they play the works at tempos that we imagine Bach had in mind, so that in the Gigue finales they have the music whizzing along.

“For guitar buffs these are two absolutely totally essential discs beautifully recorded in Canada.”

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Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover
If you acquire neither, you are missing out
Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover
Warm and bright, with accuracy, agility, articulation, definition and clarity
Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover
Precision of ensemble, the clarity of articulation, the rhythmic vitality and the exuberant ornamentation
Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover
Even more mutual sympathy and precision timing from the performers
Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover
Magnificent! Not to be missed!
Very fine realizations that lovers of Bach and the guitar will appreciate
Fine transcriptions, brilliantly played
Dynamic levels are nicely varied throughout, as are textures
The performance is flawless and accurate… This CD is then a must-have
The Montenegrin Guitar Duo translates Bach’s mastery of encompassing several musical styles within a single work through a new, refreshing instrumental texture
Both men play extremely well
The scintillating performances by Krivokapić and Cerović capture the living spirit of Bach’s dance-inflected music
The integration of the Montenegrins is so perfect you often have the feeling that just one performer is involved.
An exceptional guitar ensemble
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16/07/2020