Mauro Giuliani (1781 - 1828) was a contemporary of Schubert and one of the many Italian guitar virtuosos who had to flee his own country to get noticed. He ended up in Vienna frequently playing in the fashionable salons and contributing to the guitar becoming all the rage there.
As a composer he mainly wrote for his own his use: around 200 pieces in all. Some of his concertos for guitar and orchestra are still popular today. His works also include a fair number of duets for two guitars some of which are based on both Italian, Austrian and German material.
Paolo Pugliese and Claudio Maccari have been performing as a duo since 1988 and play on period instruments. They have also recorded Giuliani’s guitar concertos for Brilliant Classics.