The Brasil Guitar Duo offers vivacious, sensitive, clear, carefully balanced, and splendidly engineered performances that are technically impeccable and stylistically right on the money. A most enjoyable and stimulating release, and not just for guitar fans. Read More...
— Jed Distler,
The near sell-out crowd was especially hushed during the Duo's performance. One might attribute that to the fact that they knew recording was in progress. But it’s more likely they were simply in awe of this breathtaking display of artistry.
— Christine Facciolo,
Delaware Arts Info
Works for guitar and orchestra are not standard fare, so kudos all around – to Maestro David Amado for adventurous programming, to DSO musicians for rising to the evening’s musical challenges and to guest artists Brasil Guitar Duo, who played with charm and consummate musicality Read More...
— Gail Obenreder,
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 Read More...
— Leo Brouwer
The duo, Douglas Lora and Joao Luiz, demonstrated a level of togetherness on that opening work [Cyclops] that would be the trademark of the concert as a whole. They reconstructed Rameau’s ornate figures with stunning exactitude and skill in Luiz’s arrangement of the piece. Read More...
— Punch Shaw,
Joined by Joao Luis Rezende and Douglas Lora of the Brasil Guitar Duo, Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto gave an electrifying performance of [Leo] Brouwer's creation, resulting in the entire audience rising to their feet for a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. Read More...
— Yeneily García García,
"Brasil Guitar Duo’s long collaborative history is evident in the relationship that unfolds on stage. In fact, João Luiz and Douglas Lora have known each other since adolescence and have played together for over half of their lives. They are remarkably responsive to one another, needing hardly any eye contact, it seems." Read More...
— Sarah Tyrrell,
"...the Brasil Guitar Duo, comprised of João Luiz and Douglas Lora, delivered an impressive acoustic performance..." Read More...
— Léo Azambuja,
The Brasil Guitar Duo — João Luiz Rezende Lopes and Douglas Lora — concentrated, naturally, on Brazil. Their intricately shared arrangements sooner or later found their way toward warm melodies and pinpoint dance rhythms, particularly in a medley of Egberto Gismonti pieces. Read More...
— Jon Pareles,
The New York Times
It was immediately and consistently evident that the Brasil Guitar Duo works at a high level of musical achievement. Every aspect of their playing was magnificent. Read More...
— David Lowry,
The program of sentimental favorites by Smetana, Chabrier and Tchaikovsky, coupled with a North Carolina premiere of Paulo Bellinati's brilliant Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra performed by Brasil Guitar Duo artists João Luiz and Douglas Lora brought the audience to their feet several times. Read More...
— Laura McDowell,
CVNC - An online arts journal in North Carolina
The two magicians who held us in their spell during this concert were classical guitarists João Luiz and Douglas Lora, whose mastery of their instruments is so effortless and natural that their virtuosity merely reinforced and enhanced the glorious music they produced. Read More...
— Lyn Bronson,
"For the past 30 years, the Assad Brothers have represented the gold standard for guitar duos. The Brasil Guitar Duo is the heir apparent, combining an energetic and subtle touch with contemporary swing. The duo's arrangements and compositions show their sophisticated approach and writing skills transcending the simple formula of chords and melody." Read More...
— Sidney Molina,
Folha de São Paulo
"Moving with versatility through the classical and popular universes, they show maturity, talent, and perfect technique...unmatched in their execution of intricate Brazilian rhythms."
— Brazilian guitarist and composer, Paolo Bellinati
The maturity of musicianship and the technical virtuosity displayed...is simply outstanding. Read More...
— Steve Marsh,
Classical Guitar Review of Bom Partido
They both have a gorgeous tone, rock-solid rhythm, beautiful phrasing, and no identifiable technical flaws. This is great playing. This is wonderful music played at the highest interpretive level... Read More...
— Kenneth Keaton,
American Record Guide
"It is however, hard to deny the warmth and beauty these Bach Flute Sonatas take on with the Brasil Guitar Duo replacing the harpsichord... Read More...
— Monika Vischer,
Colorado Public Radio
The use of two guitar transcription is an ingenious manner to point out the linear harmonies of these works. Piccinini in pristine form supported by the subtlety of the Brasil Guitar Duo has triumphed in these breakthrough performances of Bach's endearing works. Read More...
— Asadour Santourian's review of "Bach Flute Sonatas"
"...these gifted, unaffected and hard working young men have deservedly become international stars and have transmuted their huge energy and synergies into a mature and masterly performing presence." Read More...
— The Royal Gazette
Folha De São Paulo Review of Tedesco's Preludes and Fugues
"Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora make clear the dance character of the neo-classical preludes and display with crystal clarity the contrapuntal lines of the fugues. Combining intelligence, spontaneity and technical ability, the Brasil Guitar Duo is a delight to hear."
— Irineu Franco Perpetuo,
Folha De São Paulo
Fanfare Review of Tedesco's Preludes and Fugues
"...a ‘must have'...this album is unabashedly successful."
...there are two new kids on the classical guitar block -- they're from Brazil, and they're armed and ready with the music of Sao Paulo's streets. Read More...
— RICK DE YAMPERT,
The Daytona Beach News Journal