Cleveland Classical June 2016

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival: recital by SoloDuo (June 4, 2016)

Read it on ClevelandClassical.com Most classical guitar recitals are one-player-on-the-stage affairs, so SoloDuo’s excellent recital on the evening of Saturday, June 4 in Mixon Hall at CIM was a double-your-pleasure, double-your-fun occasion. Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli wowed and delighted a sold-out crowd with intelligent and probing performances of arrangements of music by Domenico Scarlatti, Vincenzo Bellini, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, and Astor Piazzolla.   Micheli spoke frequently during the evening, at first to correct information about the guitars being used and to re-arrange the order of the pro… READ-MORE
Classical: So These Two Italians Come To Town » Urban Milwaukee

So These Two Italians Come To Town – Urban Milwaukee, Feb. 18th, 2016

Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, who’ve won an international reputation as SoloDuo, brought musical enchantment to the recital hall at UW–Milwaukee on Tuesday evening. The UWM Classical Guitar Organization and the Peck School of the Arts sponsored the concert, and host René Izquierdo, director of classical guitar, welcomed a small but avid audience for an evening of extraordinary virtuosity. SoloDuo’s program, except for the encore and the opera overture, featured arrangements of keyboard music; it was great fun to hear the two guitarists produce a stunning panoply of colors in this wonderful and varied rep… READ-MORE
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Two impeccable guitarists soar together – The Daily Gazette, Feb. 19, 2016

Two impeccable guitarists soar together BY GERALDINE FREEDMAN/For The Daily Gazette February 19, 2016 SARATOGA SPRINGS — A single virtuosic guitarist is one thing, but when you put two together — like Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli — the result is more than just a dynamic partnership. On Thursday evening at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, these two guitarists who call themselves SoloDuo produced an entirely new repertoire few other guitarists would attempt. The concert was part of the Sterne Virtuoso Series. Most of the pieces were originally composed for piano but had been arranged for two guit… READ-MORE
Recensione Lodi 2015

Il Cittadino, Lodi, 14 aprile 2015

Anche domenica pomeriggio l’appuntamento organizzato dall’Atelier Chitarristico Laudense ha fatto registrare il pienone delle grandi occasioni: il pubblico ha gremito le oltre 240 scricchiolanti sedie in legno dell’Aula Magna del liceo Verri, e diversi spettatori sono stati costretti ad assistere in piedi al concerto. Ma ne è valsa la pena, perché sul palco c’erano due musicisti eccezionali come Matteo Mela e Lorenzo Micheli, da anni in tandem con il nome di SoloDuo. L’ensemble è considerato uno dei migliori al mondo: in quindici anni di carriera la coppia Mela-Micheii ha collezionato entusiastiche recensioni a ogni latitudine, e… READ-MORE

Amadeus (Dec. 2014) about Soloduo’s concert in Daverio, Italy

Si è potuto così ascoltare il duo di chitarre formato da Matteo Mela e Lorenzo Micheli, straordinari musicisti che, per qualità musicali e tecniche, con ogni probabilità  a tutt’oggi formano il miglior duo chitarristico al mondo (che stanno attraversando in ogni angolo con numerose tournées). Nel passato vi sono stati mitici duo, come quello di Presti-Lagoya, dei fratelli Abreu e, più recentemente, dei fratelli Assad, tutti straordinari virtuosi. Ma, se possibile, il SoloDuo di Mela e Micheli si pone a un livello ancora superiore, sia per la formidabile tecnica musicale, sia per l’intelligente scelta dei programmi. […] Spettacola… READ-MORE
Metamorphoses review Soundboard

“Metamorphoses” reviewed on Soundboard

About “Metamorphoses”, SoloDuo’s new album: "The arrival of any new disc by SoloDuo betokens a sure trip to guitar heaven. Flawless technique and musicianship, coupled with warm and insightful musicality, ensure a first rate musical experience." Soundboard Vol. 40 no. 2 _ 2014… READ-MORE

A review of the Liechtenstein concert, July 5, 2014 – Volksblatt, Montag, 7. Juli 2014

“SoloDuo” zum Auftakt der 22. Ligita Das Publikum im bis auf den letzen Platz gefüllten Eschner Gemeindesaal kam gleichsam in den Genuss von Gitarrenarrangements bekannter klassischer Melodien und so brillant wie klug dargebotenen Juwelen aus dem reichen Fundus der moderner Gitarrenliteratur. Lorenzo Micheli und Matteo Mela, die seit Jahren als “SoloDuo” in den grossen Konzertsälen der Welt auftreten und als virtuose Meistergitarristen gefeiert werden, suchten mit einem populären Ohrwurm aus der Opernwelt, der Ouvertūre zu Rossinis “Elisabetta,  Regina d’Inghilterra”, den Zugang zum Publikum. Den mehrfach ausgezeichne… READ-MORE

“SoloDuo guitarists break barriers. It was a magical evening”: the “San Francisco Classical Voice” reviews SoloDuo’s concert

Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, the ensemble SoloDuo, have established an international reputation for exquisitely flexible musicianship, both passionate and subtle, as well as effortless virtuosity. They lived up to the billing in Saturday’s concert, presented by the Omni Foundation at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, which featured the world premiere of the newly discovered Sonatine by Alexandre Tansman, and a major but unjustly neglected work by Andrés Jolivet. Tansman (1897-1986), a Polish-born composer with Jewish roots, lived in Paris for most of his professional life, though he spent the years of World War II i… READ-MORE
Scarlatti Classic Voice

“Classic Voice” di febbraio 2014 recensisce il CD su Alessandro Scarlatti

'Renata Fusco non è una cantante che si incontri spesso nei cartelloni di musica antica, giacché il suo profilo artistico non la rende facilmente catalogabile nei ruoli tipici del canto (“antico” o “moderno” che sia) e neppure in quelli della recitazione (lavorando anche come attrice e doppiatrice): perché allora un maestro della musica “antica” come il liutista Massimo Lonardi e due chitarristi di rara bravura come Matteo Mela e Lorenzo Micheli hanno scelto di suonare con lei? Ascoltarla in questi brani di Alessandro Scarlatti è l’unico modo per capirlo: raramente infatti, forse mai prima, avevamo apprezzato la vocalità sc… READ-MORE
Scarlatti Early Music Review febbraio 2014

The “Early Music Review” about “Clori, ninfa e amante”

A gentle recording, this disc is as much a showcase for the plucking skills of Lonardi, Mela and Micheli as it is for the precise voice of Renata Fusco. The most substantial pieces are the two continuo cantatas, affectingly and effectively performed; their subtle charms are fully realised by the ensemble, whose delicate accompaniment allows Scarlatti's meticulous word-painting and fluent melody to glow. [...] Alastair Harper - Early Music Review, February 2014… READ-MORE