Milica Ilic 10th October 2004

Milica Ilic

The intimate location of the Grove Chapel Richmond Hill saw the premiere UK concert of Australian guitarist Milica Ilic. In a recital featuring mostly 20th pieces including some pieces written by Milica herself she demonstrated versatility of colour tone and temperament.

The Roland Dyens Fire and Tango en Skai were played with great energy and enthusiasm. Sunburst by Andrew York captured the imagination with its bright scintillating tones.

In her own enchanting pieces Milica expressed her yearnings and her impressions of home with Sacred City and Sivenda and friends and family missed in Capella, and Ides of March.

In a break from the modern repertoire the Sempre Dowland Semper Dolens by John Dowland was beautifully played and demonstrated the variety of her technique. This was also aparent in the playful Hungarian Fantasy by J.K. Mertz.

We enjoyed the Rhapsody by the Yugoslav guitarist Jovan Jovicic that must have intimate associations for Milica with her Bosnian roots

The concert finished on a high with the very demanding 4th movement Sonata for Guitar by Alberto Ginastera, which was fantastically percussive and rhythmic.