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Jim McCutcheon
American Record Guide, September 2020

Mauro Giuliani was a well known guitarist and composer in early 19th Century Vienna whose works, over 150 in number, included the guitar as a solo instrument as well as in chamber settings and with orchestra. He was well known in Vienna in his almost two decades there. Fellow Italian Christian El Khouri brings these rarely recorded compositions to life in this well produced CD.

This disc presents a very realistic guitar sound by a player who brings each phrase out with the care of a true artist. Exuding perfect balance between melody and accompaniment, El Khouri makes it easy for the listener to follow his leaning into and out of phrases.

This recording, replete with excellent technique and musicianship, will be perfect for anyone who enjoys very pleasant classical period music—on the guitar or any other instrument. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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