Biography & Reviews

 



Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese are considered the leading specialists of the 19th century repertoire.

After making their New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1992 they have been invited to give concerts and masterclasses by famous Institutions and international Festivals such as the Royal Academy in London, the Yale University, the Sydney Guitar Society and the Parco della Musica in Rome.

Their extensive discography includes the complete works of the most important composers of the era and they were the first artists to record the complete Concertos for guitar and orchestra by Mauro Giuliani on period instruments.

They teach 19th century guitar at the Civica Scuola di Musica “C.Abbado” in Milan.



Maccari and Pugliese play original guitars: Mauro Giuliani's and Nicolò Paganini’s guitars (Fabricatore), Guadagnini, Lacote, Panormo, Vinaccia and Garganese, with gut strings according to historical criteria.

“...Your Sor DVD has everything I want from a guitar duet – virtuosity, sensitivity to phrase and nuance, a beautiful sound, a finely developed sense of ensemble.

A listener would have to have cloth ears and a heart of stone not to be profoundly affected by this superb performance of music”.

Colin Cooper, CLASSICAL GUITAR 2010

“Maccari-Pugliese più che un duo affermato, sembra essere diventato un vero e proprio marchio: le loro produzioni, sempre più maestose, lasciano il segno in maniera indelebile, come uno spartiacque rispetto quanto finora sentito!”

Piero Viti, GUITART 2010

“Ogni occasione per ascoltare questo strabiliante duo è un dono prezioso, un’opportunità che è bene non lasciarsi sfuggire. Il carattere, le emozioni, la sintonia e la classe di questi grandissimi interpreti vengono veicolate dalla musica che suonano e diventano contagiose, si propagano nell’aria e colpiscono orecchie e cuore dell’ascoltatore trasportandolo in una dimensione magica e raffinata…”


“…la sensazione è che le loro siano non le migliori, ma le uniche interpretazioni possibili.”

Ermanno Brignolo, SEICORDE 2009

“…E’ stato un gran bel concerto, perché la dottrina dei due interpreti, che hanno studiato veramente a fondo la prassi esecutiva e se ne sono resi padroni assoluti, invece di incarnarsi in pose sacerdotali o professorali, si tramuta in gioia di suonare, contagiosamente trasmessa al pubblico…”

Angelo Gilardino, 2008

“…Bellezza di suono pressochè assoluta, elasticità agogica e calibratissimo uso dell'arte degli abbellimenti e dell'ornamentazione fanno di questa registrazione un caposaldo dell'esecuzione chitarristica con strumenti originali.”

Gian Enrico Cortese, MUSICA 2008

"..quite spectacular Giuliani's Concerti performance by Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese..."
Paul Fowles, CLASSICAL GUITAR 1997

“….They are indeed first-rate virtuosi with a wonderful sense of style and musicianship….marvelous performances of various operatic arrangements…”

Al Kunze, SOUNDBOARD 2007

“…But the real rarities were young guitarists with an active interest in the heritage of the instrument prior to c. 1980, the only examples that spring readily to mind being those hugely talented Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese.”
Paul Fowles, CLASSICAL GUITAR 2006

“…the CDs of Giuliani’s Rossiniane and Pot-pourris are absolutely splendid, a triumph!”

Brian Jeffery, 2007

“…L'Italia... è ancora terra di artisti che, come Maccari e Pugliese, possono guardare alla perfezione molto da vicino: teniamoceli cari.”

Gian Enrico Cortese, MUSICA 2007

“...CD's were extremely good!"
Eric Clapton, 2006

“...The first thing is to say, what thoroughly accomplished playing! There is nothing missing in areas of technique, expression, musicality, style, and the one thing most period practitioners neglect - flair!

Christopher McGuire, 2006

"This CD is beautiful: colors of the orchestra, tempo + gestures, and the guitar playing full of precision and poetry. Congratulations."
Hopkinson Smith, 2005

“…Actual execution of the music by guitarists on the review disc is first class. Each possesses a refined and strong technique albeit not augmented by departure from the use of right-hand fingernails. The orchestral playing is quite beautiful, particularly in op. 30, which is the highlight of this new release. Aside from the period guitars, period instruments used on this recording are complementary to the overall objective. The end result is among the better recordings of this music - distinction between period and modern instruments aside…”

Zane Turner, MusicWeb International, 2005

"...La loro innegabile classe traspare fin dal primo ascolto del CD: cantabilità e legato davvero notevoli, scelte interpretative felicissime e, soprattutto, un gran bel suono."
Gian Enrico Cortese, MUSICA 2002

"the remarkable freedom in their phrasing, which could, but does not compromise the fine ensemble...The rubato used is of a type where the pulling around of the tempo is totally convincing, and the rhythmic unit always remains clear..."
"...memorable concert which abounds with style, panache, humour, refinement and polish..."

Gregory Pikler, Sydney 2001

"...outstanding Duo Claudio Maccari Paolo Pugliese..."
Paul Fowles, CLASSICAL GUITAR 2000

"...I am grateful to Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese for all their advice and encouragement..."
John Williams about his Giuliani's Concerto op. 30 recording using a Gaetano Guadagnini - (from the Sony CD notes, 1999)

“...Souvenir de Russie is one of the very best of all duos from this period, and I have never heard it played as well as it is here. This is really great music making!”.

Al Kunze, SOUNDBOARD 2010

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“...This is the best kind of early-instrument recording: historically aware but far from stuffy or doctrinaire. Maccari, for example, plays his first solo entrance in Concerto 1 with a wonderful off-hand bit of ornamentation, conveying a sense of improvised ease that one could imagine coming from Giuliani himself. The orchestra's playing is transparent and shimmering, as it often is with such instruments, but it is never mannered or grating. Their balance with the soloists is also very convincing: the little guitars are never pumped up unnaturally in the mix.”
American Record Guide, 2005