, August 2020
Such CDs by the duo as I have heard are made up entirely of their own compositions, as is the case here—nine being by Nikčeviĉ and eight by Bulatović. Each musician plays first guitar in his own compositions and second guitar in his partner’s. The interplay of the two instruments is fluent and perfectly judged, while sounding almost spontaneous—these are, of course, the fruits of their extensive experience of playing together, experience which has included concerts at Carnegie Hall and in most parts of Europe.
Most of the compositions by the duo are colourful and evocative cameos which, while they attempt nothing of any great profundity, make pleasant and entertaining listening. Their music draws on Balkan rhythms and melodies, especially those of Montenegro, on flamenco and classical guitar, with occasional touches of the middle eastern and jazz idioms. ‘Peninsula’ offers a rich blend of Mediterranean musical traditions. ‘Tarentella baltica’ lives up to its title by blending, like a musical version of fusion cuisine, the sounds of Montenegro and Italy. In ‘Tangos’, the music takes us beyond Mare nostrum with the influence of South America, while in ‘Bulerias’ the influence of flamenco (quietly present elsewhere) is foregrounded.
I like the work of this guitar duo, but I feel sure that they would widen their audience if they recorded more varied music from the existing guitar duo repertoire—say by Carulli, Mertz or Tarrega—alongside their own compositions.
As it is, this CD, full of undemandingly pleasant music, will certainly find its way back into my CD player when the mood is right. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review