Biographer Thomas Heck neatly described Mauro Giuliani's music as "Viennese classicism ... nourished by Italian lyricism." When he moved to Vienna at age 25, Giuliani found himself on the crest of a wave of enthusiasm for the guitar, on which he was a virtuoso. Described by Classical Guitar magazine as "a quality collectors' release from a specialist performer of the highest caliber," this program includes his Sonata Eroica in A Major, Op. 150; Variations on "Nume perdonami, se in tale istante," Op. 102; Fughetta, Op. 113; Six Variations on "I bin a Kohlbauern Bub" ("I am a cabbage farm boy"), Op. 49; and more. Cuban guitarist Marco Tamayo is the winner of the coveted Mauro Guiliani Prize.
"Tamayo's light and focused sound proves well-suited to the fingerboard acrobatics that occupy much of the 75 minutes' playing time."—Classical Guitar