Various Artists

For a Quiet Evening

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Another volume in Decca's lifestyle classical music series, For a Quiet Evening collects introspective classical guitar pieces, including Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5," Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess," and Bach's "Arioso From Cantata BWV 156." The album mixes more contemporary compositions, such as Stanley Myers' "Cavatina From the Deer Hunter," with older ones, such as the traditional piece "Romance D'Amour." The compositions of Fauré and Bach are well-represented on For a Quiet Evening, with "Sicilienne From Pelleas et Meslisande" and "After a Dream" from the former and "Courante From Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major" and "Prelude From Suite No. 4 in E Major" from the latter, helping to give the collection its dreamy, reflective feel. Vivaldi's "Largo From Guitar Concerto in D Major," Paganini's "Caprice, Op. 1 No. 24," and Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" are some of the album's other highlights. While this collection is indeed perfect For a Quiet Evening, its gentle but intricate music is also apt for any other time of day.

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