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Glyn Pursglove
MusicWeb International, 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



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2020

The Montenegrin guitar duo of Darko Nikcevic and Srdjan Bulatovic have become internationally famous as performers and here also share a disc as composers.

Mostly written over the past three years, they are musical representations of places and events expressed in an ‘easy to listen to’ style, that has pleasing melodies as their basis, and aimed primarily at a ‘middle-of-the-road’ audience. Opening with Nikcevic’s Peninsula—that covers music of the people of the three Mediterranean peninsulas—the two composers then alternate, Bulatovic’s Cloud bringing a change of mood with a more poetic score. And so the disc continues, Nikcevic’s Tarantella balcanica an outgoing and vivacious dance piece that gives scope for the composer’s technical brilliance as the performer of the lead guitar. I have to confess that I was glad to arrive at something approaching the middle of the disc, when the temperature of the music is lowered with Nikcevic’s Mara, and we then enter the world of classical music with Bulatovic’s River. As a duo they are truly outstanding, the tempo of the disc being predominantly fast and very taxing on busy fingers. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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