6 Classical Guitar Music CD's You Mustn't Live Without

Classical guitar music has a cool, sensual, and articulate sound that can be simultaneously lyrical and percussive. It's a genre of music capable of evoking a kaleidoscope of feelings (desire, angst, happiness, etc.), making it one of the most universally accepted styles of music. I've never met anyone adamantly opposed to listening to it. In fact, most of everyone I know loves it. If you've never really seriously listened to classical guitar music, then it's time for you to get on the classical guitar music train and enjoy the ride! Here are five classical guitar music albums you mustn't live without.

This is one of the best classical guitar music CD's I've ever heard. Its 100% Spanish sound will quickly sweep you off your feet while simultaneously melting away any anxieties you may have. With works like Bizet's Habenera and Rodrigo's , several of the works on the album are easily recognizable. Most of the album is performed on solo guitar, though several of the tracks are accompanied by a couple of instruments. If you don't already own this album, don't wait any longer - you will not be disappointed. If you buy it on iTunes or Napster, its title changes to Spanish Classical Guitar. If you still have trouble finding it, look up "Antonio de Lucena." Listen to Lucena perform music from the Habanera from Bizet's opera, Carmen, on YouTube.

Suite Music for the Classical Guitar performed by Brian Morris is a soulful and delightful interpretation and synthesis of popular, folk, and jazz music from Argentina, the UK, and USA. Unlike Spanish Guitar Classics, Suite Music for the Classical Guitar has a completely different feel. Though it too is laid back and relaxed, one can sense the driving force behind the suites are their structures rather than their melodies. However, that is what makes this album unique and a definite must have. Listen to Morris's English Suite/Folk Song from his album Suite Music for the Classical Guitar on YouTube.

Andrei Krylov's Russian Classical Guitar Music has a depth and richness of sound unlike any other album on this list, making it a welcoming contrast, especially to Morris' Suite Music for the Classical Guitar. Its distinct, almost haunting, Russian flavor is interlaced with sweet melodic lines that enrapture the listener. Listen to Night Shines from Krylov's Russian Classical Guitar Music on YouTube.

Created amidst of the great outdoors in a small cabin underneath the vast blue sky, far away from the hubbub of the modern world, this album is a meditation of the "spirit world and nothingness" - though one could argue that Krylov's creation of nothingness is indeed something... something very special. Dreams of Sky Lake, without rough harmonies and rigid melodies often found in popular music, provides us listeners with a soothing and calming "sound-scape". Listen to music from Dreams of Sky Lake as you watch a tour of Andrei Krylov's home and studio on YouTube.

If you haven't already noticed, Andrei Krylov's classical guitar music makes up over half of this list. (What can I say? He's amazing!) His expertise and mastery over the instrument is apparent on all three albums. On Sunset, apart from the classics of great Baroque and Classical composers such as Bach, Rameau, Giordano, Handel, and Vivaldi, Krylov composed several works of his own in a similar style. Listen to music from Sunset on YouTube.

Though it was released June 21, 2011, I was only first introduced to this album in 2015 while visiting a friend in downtown Chicago. While updating this list, I immediately remembered Miloš Karadaglić and this fantastic album. Mediterraneo is a collection of works, many of which were originally composed for piano, by Tarrega, Albéniz, Granados, Domeniconi, Theodorakis, and Llobet. Karadaglić performs each piece beautifully as if they were written for classical guitar.  Listen to Karadaglić perform Granados' Danzas españolas, Op.37 - No.2 Oriental on YouTube. It is one of my favorites, and I think you'll love it too.