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Press quotes on Douglas James and Pasquale Rucco's CD recording Early Romantic Music for Two Guitars

"One of my all-time favorite CDs, . . . This duo plays with tightness and brings the music to life with excellent phrasing and dynamics, and tone second to none." Len Verrett, EarlyRomanticGuitar.com

". . . precise, well-balanced ensemble . . . charming and discriminating . . . " Jack Dressler, Charleston Post and Courier

"Douglas James and Pasquale Rucco played original 19th century guitars with gut strings for a delightful concert of music from the same era. . . " Richard Long, Soundboard

Press quotes on Douglas James' CD recording of 19th century Italian music

Douglas James clearly has a great deal of sympathy for his repertoire and a carefully worked out approach to its interpretation. ... Everything is animated by concern for the life of the music on its own terms and in its own time. This is a welcome addition to the choice of 19th century repertoire played on genuine instruments of the time...." Classical Guitar (England)

"Douglas James' playing on this record is for my taste totally splendid. His enthusiasm to explore the early guitar repertoire is obvious, and he has an ability to use the old instruments to their full capacity, with all of their timbral possibilities. He plays intensely and sensitively with flow, ease and elegance." Gitarr och Luta (Sweden)

"The difficult music by Regondi (Nocturne op.19 and Fête Villageoise op. 20) is instead the ideal place where the performer can show all his virtuoso qualities, accomplishing his task with facility and musicality." Just Classical Guitar Web site (Italy)

Press quotes on Douglas James' recent live performances

"Although it is rare to hear a guitarist with both truly excellent technique and musicality, it is rarer still to hear a guitarist who has combined both on a level which transcends their separate classifications. Add to this a warm presence, innovative programming, and courage, and you've just described someone like Douglas James ... ." The Soundhole

"James' Bach was warm and ornate ... and his Spanish pieces ... were downright sexy." Arizona Daily Star

". . . a performer of outstanding merit. These short pieces ... gave Mr. James many chances to rip off fantastic passages of melodic energy with ease and elan." Charleston Post-Courier

"Douglas James is without doubt a complete and self-assured guitarist, able to pass from traditional music to that of the present-day, capturing the interest also of those not attached to the works." Latina (Italy) Today