Reviews

Feb

23/
2015

Classical Ear review

Classical guitarist Petar Jankovic has combined his six strings with those of a traditional string quartet and the result is a chamber ensemble full of expressive possibilities: their first album showcased Spanish and Latin American music, but here the possibilities are more fully realised in a bolder choice of repertoire. Composer/arranger Elliott Bark is the key: his reworkings of three Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues achieve a clever balance of strings amid the contrapuntal lines; while in his version of Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite the guitar is all the more effective for its occasionally restrained accompanying role (in ‘Jimbo’s Lullaby’, for

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Jan

20/
2015

New CD “(Com)Passionate” rave review!

GuitarInternational.com By: Brad Conroy The Petar Jankovic Ensemble (PJE) is no stranger to the pages of Guitar International, and has recently released a follow up to their highly acclaimed debut, From Spain to Tango. (Com)Passionate, the sophomore effort by PJE is a masterful recording which features a new dynamic, atmosphere, and more mature context for the group. (Com)Passionate showcases the PJE within a true chamber music setting, a role that has rarely ever been achieved on the classical guitar. The repertoire on this recording goes far beyond what has been for so long associated with the classical guitar, and the

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Mar

17/
2013

Most recent presenter’s quotes

“This ensemble is a unique blend of string timbres, taking a page from the piano quintet of the Romantic era with guitar replacing the stronger presence of the piano…which is a positive change. The guitar tone complements the string timbres producing unique sonic possibilities. They were overwhelming to hear with technical virtuosity and immense passion. I expect we will soon be hearing and seeing this group on the world stage. Thanks for bringing your music to Hill College and Central Texas.” — Professor Larry McCord, Hill College, TX   “Petar, you and your ensemble are such wonderful musicians and great

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Feb

19/
2013

Lincoln Journal Star: concert review

Although nobody in the Petar Jankovic Ensemble hails from the Latin world, their sensuous tangos and impassioned flamencos beautifully disguised that fact during a two-hour set Sunday afternoon for the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music. Jankovic, a guitarist and native of Serbia, navigated his four stringed amigos — or, in this case, amigas– through convincing musical stopovers in Spain, Brazil and Argentina. As the quintet took the stage in Abbott Auditorium, the crowd of about 150 warmly applauded their arrival. Drawing first on Spanish influences, the ensemble performed two Manuel de Falla compositions: “La Vida Breve” and “El Amor Brujo.”

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Oct

12/
2012

Glowing review in London based Classical Guitar Magazine!

Classical Guitar, October 2012 issue: “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 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!”


Apr

05/
2012

RAVE REVIEW from our European tour

After the concert in Belgrade, Serbia Zorica Kojic, music critic from Daily News Paper “Danas” had this to say about our concert: “Classical guitarist Petar Jankovic and his four ensemble members (string quartet from Jacobs School of Music), are well-tuned ensemble, in a strong all-around instrumental voices and sensibilities, perfectly aligned in the noble musical  and enjoyable repertoire from De Falla’s works over to Brazilian pieces, and ending with especially flavored interpretations of Astor Piazzolla.  Fresh and magnificent Jankovic’s guitar tones, in perfect harmony with his ensemble mates and particularly impressive cellist Martinez among others, indeed are spreading perfumes  and audio backgrounds of all the continents, coloring and shading with their sound and interpretation depths.”


Mar

02/
2012

RAVE REVIEW for the new CD from GuitarInternational.com

We are very happy to share with you our newest “From Spain to Tango” CD review just published at  GuitarInternational.com! ” The PJE has to be one of the best, and most convincing, chamber ensembles that feature a guitar in recent years….Works are performed with an incredible rhythmic precision, huge dynamic range, and intensity…The interaction between parts is stunning, and the highly expressive style that Jankovic is known for comes into full spectrum… From Spain to Tango is an amazing CD that will hopefully be marking the beginning of a new era, idiom, and repertoire where the guitar has an

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Jul

12/
2011

PJE receives glowing DVD review !

by Brad Conroy at GuitarInternational.com Serbian born classical guitarist Petar Jankovic is one of the finest soloists on the scene today, and he posse’s a unique, artistic, and a highly expressive style. Recently Jankovic has broken new ground and pushed the limits for the classical guitar even further with his announcement of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, which is a string quartet led by guitar. Serbian classical guitarist Petar Jankovic is one of the finest soloists on the scene today, and he posse’s a unique, artistic, and a highly expressive style. Recently Jankovic has broken new ground and pushed the limits

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Jul

02/
2011

Petar’s Leyenda Album Reviewed at Guitar International!

By: Brad Conroy Petar Jankovic’ Leyenda is an incredible recording that features a mix of standard works by Granados, Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, and Tansman, along with more recent additions to the classical guitar repertoire by Merlin and Dyens. Jankovic is a … Continue reading


Jul

02/
2011

Classical Guitar Magazine from London – Review of Petar’s CD – 12/2009 Issue

by Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar Magazine With this, his third recording, Serbian guitarist Petar Jankovic shows his highly developed technical and musical skills in a programme of very entertaining and contrasting compositions. Of particular interest in reviewing this CD was hearing the … Continue reading


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