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Precision of ensemble, the clarity of articulation, the rhythmic vitality and the exuberant ornamentation

Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover

Gramophone Magazine, William Yeoman

William Yeoman finds Bach’s music shining brightly whether played on guitars, recorder, accordion or a Cretan lyra.

Every arrangement of one of – JS Bach’s works expresses, as does every performance of it — and what is a performance, if not a kind of arrangement? — a hitherto hidden aspect of the work’s character, whether subtle or strong. That’s one thing the following recent recordings, of arrangements and transcriptions of Bach’s music for diverse instruments, have in common.

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The second volume in the Montenegrin Guitar Duo‘s complete English Suites is every bit as good as the first, with Goran Krivokapi6 and Danijel Cerovie divvying up the left- and right-hand keyboard parts of the Suites Nos 4-6 while allowing for frequent swapping of parts.

The precision of ensemble, the clarity of articulation, the rhythmic vitality and the exuberant ornamentation recall the Bach-playing of Presti and Lagoya and the Assad Brothers, while adopting a more subtle approach to those changes in timbre and colours so idiomatic to the classical guitar.

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Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover
If you acquire neither, you are missing out
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Warm and bright, with accuracy, agility, articulation, definition and clarity
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!
Naxos Montenegrin Guitar Duo Bach English Suites II CD Cover
Two absolutely totally essential discs
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