Recommended Classical Guitar Recordings

By D. J. McAdam.

I will admit freely to having a strong liking for classical guitar recordings, a liking which existed long before I moved to the American southwest. They're perfect for relaxing evenings at home, by oneself or in the company of others. The recordings listed below are too good simply to be regarded as "background music" - they stand up to, and deserve, close attention - but many (not the concertos!) generally do work as something to play at a dinner or cocktail party as well. 

If you've ever tried unsuccessfully to chat with friends over Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture or unwind after a stressful day at work to the gentle rhythms of Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, try some of these as an alternative.

Recommended CD's

CD's are arranged by composer.  Where there are a number of composers' works on one CD, the CD is listed as a collection, toward the end of the list.  A special bonus with the CD's listed here - most are offered for sale at very reasonable prices.

Classical Guitar Collections

Recommended Classical Guitar Instruction:


Not Quite Classical Guitar (But still very interesting . . . )


Of Related Interest:

Duo 46

A reader was recently kind enough to write and to bring to our attention the excellent performances of Duo 46 (or duo46, if you like), a husband-and-wife team composed of guitarist Matt Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould; actually, the reader in question was Ms. Schneider-Gould's proud father, and he has every reason to be proud of having such an accomplished daughter and son-in-law.  You can visit the duo's website to learn more about them, and you can also find some of their recordings listed on Amazon.  I've always been a great fan of guitar-and-violin music; the sweetness of the violin is balanced and strengthened by the guitar, in much the same way a sweet dessert is complemented by good coffee.  Now I'm also a fan, in particular, of Duo 46. 



I have an office at work, but it's a fairly conservative place. I didn't want to have anything too distracting playing in my office, or anything others might find offensive, or anything that might give others the wrong impression of me. (So, for instance, I wouldn't want to put my player on random, only to have folks hear The Lord Knows I'm Drinking followed by If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?) Solo guitar music was my solution, and works wonderfully in this setting.

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