London-based Classical Guitar Magazine‘s October 2012 issue recently reviewed Petar Jankovic Ensemble’s new CD From Spain to Tango.
“For over 20 years Serbian guitarist Petar Jankovic was primarily a soloist, but in 2009 he crossed into the world of chamber music and headlined the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a group consisting of classical guitar and string quartet. This recording illustrates that it was a move in the right direction for here is an entertaining, interesting and uplifting program me of familiar music given a new slant.
Throughout, the group play in tight formation with a nice balance between performers and program is very well chosen with no ‘fillers-in’. a nice debut disc from all concerned!”
PJE covers a wide range of repertoire with idiomatic and expressive renditions: from early music jewels of Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Boccerini, to traditional Spanish works by Albeniz, De Falla, and Granados. Passionate Piazzolla tangos and rich Brazzilian music forms of Gnattalli, Bellinati, and Villa-Lobos are performed alongside exotic Balkan/Gypsy traditions and new classical works by contemporary composers such as Roland Dyens, Elliott Bark, Jonathan Godfrey.
The group is comprised of Sophie Bird (New Zealand) on Violin 1, Grace Kim (Korea/Canada) on Violin 2, Rose Wollman (USA) on Viola, Maria Martinez (Spain) on Cello, and Petar Jankovic (US/Serbia) on guitar. PJE’s concerts are well received across a wide audience spectrum – from traditional chamber music lovers to classical crossover enthusiasts and guitar fans.