Ray wrote:cefyn wrote:Anyone see Milos playing Blackbird at the end of the Andrew Marr programme on BBC1, last Sunday? All I can say is it's reassuring to see that even the so-called superstars of Classical Guitar can suffer from nerves and have an 'off day'
Should still be available on the BBC iplayer, I think.
I agree Milos was sputtering out notes - it seemed to be a right hand problem - the studio might have been very cold and his RH tensed up making it hard to play relaxed.
Did you know that Milos has recently recovered from a hand injury? I have a feeling this may be related to his right-hand problem in the studio. To me, his RH looks very tense. I hope it gets better fully! Maybe he's had to retrain it, or modify his technique somewhat?
Having said that, Milos doesn't always perform flawlessly anyway. I've seen him live a few times and sometimes he makes simple mistakes, I don't know why. I know he's perfectly capable of playing even really difficult music brilliantly. One of the occasions I saw him play at the Wigmore Hall, he was on fire and made barely a single error in the whole concert.
For those who say he is an "unremarkable" guitarist, I would say take the trouble to see him live. To me, he always plays so fluently and without any awkwardness, which makes him a pleasure to listen to. He seems to just "go for it". I first heard him play, when he was a struggling unknown guitarist, at a concert my local guitar society organised and I have to say, I thought then, Wow, that was quite different to what I usually hear.
Of course, his looks do help (!) but I can only say, perhaps some people should try and see beyond the marketing, which apparently puts some people off and listen more carefully. It's actually quite ironic that the marketing is supposed to make people think he's great, but in certain circles it has the opposite effect!
Nearly forgot to say, I like the album very much and agree with much of what Ray said about it!