Another standout recital the next evening was given by the Duo Maccari-Pugliese—Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese. They used original guitars by Turin luthiers Gaetano Guadagnini and Son, and both played them standing up, in authentic early 19th century style. This enabled them to interact with their movements, almost as if they were dancing. Their playing of Beethoven’s Appassionata and Pathetique sonatas were a revelation—I thought this could not possibly work, but it did, and their concert of Rossini, Beethoven, and Sor was as intelligent as it was profoundly moving. Style, daring, humor, and freedom were all there in abundance.
Gerald Garcia, Classical Guitar 2018