The Voice of the Guitar, with members of 12 ensemble

NEC's Jordan Hall

Since guitar phenom Milos Karadaglic wowed Celebrity Series audiences with his 2013 performance his career has taken flight. His first three releases on Deutsche Grammophon achieved major chart successes around the globe and turned him into “classical music’s guitar hero” (BBC Music Magazine) overnight. His 2014 recording of Rodrigo’s concertos had the Sunday Times calling him “The King of Aranjuez”, while Blackbird – The Beatles Album (2016) was received with unanimous acclaim. For this program, Milos plays a wide-ranging program from Piazzolla and the Beatles in a chamber music setting with string quartet and quintet.

Featured members of the 12 ensemble:

Eloisa Fleur Thom, violin
Alessandro Ruisi, violin
Matthew Kettle, viola
Max Ruisi, cello
Toby Hughes, double bass 



J.S. Bach            From Goldberg Variations

Luigi Boccherini    
”Fandango” from Guitar Quintet No. 4
                                         in D Major, G. 448
Enrique Granados    
Andaluza Danza No. 5
                                     Oriental Danza No. 2
Manuel de Falla     “Danza del Molinero” (Farruca)            
                                     from El sombrero de tres picos   

Manuel de Falla     “Nana” from Siete Canciones
                                     popularizes Españolas

Isaac Albéniz     “Asturias” from Suite Española No. 1   
Anonymous     Spanish Romance                              
Ástor Piazzolla     Libertango                                   
Heitor Villa-Lobos     Prelude No. 1                                   
Máximo Pujol     “Milonga” from Suite del Plata No. 1        
Isaias Sávio     Batucada                               

Ástor Piazzolla     “Café, 1930” from Histoire du Tango                   
Paul Simon     The Sound of Silence
Radiohead     Street Spirit (Fade Out)                            
Lennon–McCartney     Yesterday                                  

Lennon–McCartney     Eleanor Rigby                                
Lennon–McCartney     The Fool on the Hill                        
George Harrison     Here Comes the Sun                    

“A thoughtful, intelligent artist, as supple in his phrasing as he is generous in his use of color.”


About the 12 ensemble:

The 12 ensemble is a pioneering un-conducted string orchestra rapidly developing a reputation as one the UK’s leading chamber orchestras. A modern, versatile and virtuosic ensemble, the group is built around a core of twelve of London’s finest chamber musicians. Always playing without a conductor, the ensemble’s world-class performances combine the energy, excitement and creativity of a small ensemble with the breathtaking sound afforded by a string orchestra. 

Formed in 2012 by Artistic Directors Eloisa-Fleur Thom & Max Ruisi, the 12 ensemble’s unique approach to performing & programming sets them apart as a revolutionary classical ensemble for the 21st century. Exploring great music of the past alongside ground-breaking new commissions and evolving genres, the ensemble sets itself no limits and reaches diverse audiences with exceptional musical experiences. Flexible both in spirit and in size, alongside the core setup of 12 players the group performs in formations ranging from duos to 23 strings and beyond.

The 12 ensemble are in demand internationally, recently performing at leading venues including the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, and Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. The group have also made appearances at leading festivals worldwide, including a debut at the BBC Proms 2019, a residency at the Barbican’s Sound & Visions festival and performances in South Korea and Iceland, plus multiple broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Their 2018 debut album Resurrection (including works by Lutoslawski and premiere recordings of works by Bryce Dessner & Kate Whitley), received wide critical acclaim from publications including Gramophone, The Strad & The Sunday Times.

Following the success of their debut album, the 12 ensemble will release their second album Death & the Maiden in January 2020. With their own arrangement of Schubert’s iconic string quartet at its heart, the record is a highly-charged personal journey through an evolving musical landscape, featuring accompanying works by Tavener and Icelandic band Sigur Rós plus a new commission from the ROH Composer in Residence Oliver Leith.

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