When we talk about the history of guitar duos since Presti and Lagoya—the ensemble formed in the early 1950s by French guitarist Ida Presti and her Greek-Italian husband Alexandre Lagoya—we immediately think of two sets of brothers from Brazil: Sérgio and Odair Assad and Sergio and Eduardo Abreu. Now we have the Brasil Guitar Duo, which covers the two-guitar repertoire as broadly as the Assad Duo has done for more than 30 years. In October 2014 the Brasil Guitar Duo, along with cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto, premiered my piece El Arco y la Lira, a piece for two guitars and two cellos based on Octavio Paz, one of the 20th century’s greatest poets and writers. It was astonishingly successful. This is a duo that digs deeply into many syles of music. They have recorded my complete works for two guitars exceptionally well on the Naxos label, putting their virtuosity at the service of musical expression. I have always said that with our best performers, the key element is articulation; the rest is just solfeggio. Pay attention to these two guitar virtuosi!
Leo Brouwer Havana, April 13, 2015