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The integration of the Montenegrins is so perfect you often have the feeling that just one performer is involved.

David’s Review Corner, David Denton

“Bach has always come in many shapes and sizes, and now we have the first three English Suites —the others are scheduled to follow— in guitar duo arrangements. It is the work of the performers on this highly attractive release who remain true to the spirit of the original keyboard score, with much of the writing to remain untouched, while the textures created come close to that of a harpsichord. The work’s title is misleading, as these are French influenced scores imbued with the stately dance of the 18th century, its name arising, in all probability, from the visit of an English man who received the score from Bach. It is not overly difficult music to perform on the keyboard, though the fast movements, such the Prelude to the Second and Third Suites, will test virtuoso guitarists as notes whizz past at a mercurial speed.”

“Indeed the performances as a whole buzz with vivacity, and though there is a sense of interplay between instruments, the integration of the Montenegrins is so perfect you often have the feeling that just one performer is involved. Individually they have been multi-award winners, their coming together having inspired many contemporary works to be written for them. To place their immaculate performances on disc, they travelled to Canada to work with the world’s top guitar recording team.The result is an essential purchase for guitar buffs, and equally for those wishing to enjoy refreshingly new Bach perspectives.”

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Fanfare, Raymond Tuttle 

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Warm and bright, with accuracy, agility, articulation, definition and clarity

The Whole Note, Terry Robbins

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

Gramophone Magazine, William Yeoman

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Even more mutual sympathy and precision timing from the performers

Audio Video Club of Atlanta, Phil Muse

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Magnificent! Not to be missed!

Stretto, Michel Dutrieue

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Two absolutely totally essential discs

David’s Review Corner, David Denton

Very fine realizations that lovers of Bach and the guitar will appreciate

ClassicsToday.com, David Vernier

Fine transcriptions, brilliantly played

American Record Guide, Kenneth Keaton

Dynamic levels are nicely varied throughout, as are textures

Fanfare, Raymond Tuttle

The performance is flawless and accurate… This CD is then a must-have

Guitare Classique, Pacal Proust

The Montenegrin Guitar Duo translates Bach’s mastery of encompassing several musical styles within a single work through a new, refreshing instrumental texture

WGBH, CD of the week

Both men play extremely well

Classical Net, Brian Wigman

The scintillating performances by Krivokapić and Cerović capture the living spirit of Bach’s dance-inflected music

Audio Video Club of Atlanta, Phil Muse

An exceptional guitar ensemble

Dušan Bogdanović – composer

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08/08/2020