Miloš: Blackbird – The Beatles Album

Reviewed on Wed 24 Feb, 2016

Karadaglić remains centre stage with playing of real sensitivity towards the cut-glass fragility of melodies that lit up popular music in the 1960s and continue to exert an irresistible emotional draw.

The Beatles’ timeless melodies have long inspired classical musicians from Cathy Berberian and John Cage to the Berlin Philharmonic Cellists and the Wihan Quartet (reviewed on 13 August, 2014). None have been so accomplished as this latest offering from Montenegrin guitar phenomenon Miloš Karadaglić. Sergio Assad’s stylish arrangements foreground a rich reservoir of memorable melodies superbly realised, with subtlety and sophistication, by Karadaglić. Chris Hill’s evocative double bass lends nuanced support, with Anoushka Shankar’s sitar on 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' a thing of bejewelled beauty, Steven Isserlis’s keening cello on 'Michelle' a plaintive counterpoint to Karadaglić’s sweetly ecstatic guitar. Less successful is Tori Amos’s tremulous 'She’s Leaving Home', Gregory Porter’s string-supported 'Yesterday' (arranged by Tōru Takemitsu) suitably confessional. But Karadaglić remains centre stage with playing of real sensitivity towards the cut-glass fragility of melodies that lit up popular music in the 1960s and continue to exert an irresistible emotional draw. Exemplary sound from the hallowed Abbey Road Studios.
–Michael Quinn