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It is too long since we had a classical guitarist with popular international appeal. Can Karadaglic fit the bill? Universal Records is banking on it. The young guitarist’s album of 20th-century Spanish works for guitar and orchestra, headlined by Rodrigo’s evergreen Concerto de Aranjuez, is certainly attractive.
It includes Fernando Sor’s playful Grand Solo and an atmospheric version of “The Miller’s Dance” from Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat. Karadaglic comes across as an interpreter of delicacy and meticulousness, albeit with limited ideas about phrasing and dynamics. The music is kept on a disappointingly tight rein and the result lacks temperament – despite spry accompaniments from the London Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.