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Love Notes: 14 Songs for February 14th

February 12, 2016

Valentine’s is here and to celebrate the day of love we’ve compiled a list of our favourite romantic songs, and our favourites from the Romantic Era. Paired best with a glass of wine, your loved ones, and plenty of time to indulge in the lingering notes that evoke one of humankind’s greatest emotions. Listen, and feel the love.

The Romantic Era

  1. Let the atmospheric melody of Carl Lowe’s “Symphony No.2 in E-minor” transport you back to a by-gone era.
  2. Vilem Blodek’s ambitious “Symphony in D-Minor” is bold and illustrious of the Romantic Era’s mass appeal.
  3. The whimsical tone of Edvin Kallstenius’ “A serenade in the summer night, symphonic poem, op.10” celebrates the era’s obsession with both nature and the supernatural.
  4. Highly emotional, the beauty of “The wood nymphs overture” by William Sterndale Bennett lies in its subjectiveness.
  5. Ludwig van Beethoven’s majestic “Ninth Symphony” characterizes the Romantics’ notion of national identity and a list of this era’s finest works would not be complete without it.
  6. The inherent storytelling of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty – Waltz” celebrates one of the greatest love stories ever told in gorgeous, resonant melody.
  7. The set of three piano solos that comprise Franz Liszt’s “Liebesträume” (Dreams of Love) extols the virtues of exalted love, erotic love, and unconditional mature love. Happy Valentine’s to that.

Romantic Songs

  1. Right from the opening melancholic notes of Cesar Franck’s “Violin Sonata, Recitativo-Fantasia” you’ll be wanting to sip a full-bodied red wine and reminisce of loves lost.
  2. The hopeful, pure notes of Edward Elgar’s “Salut d’amourwere written as an engagement present for his fiancee, Caroline Alice Roberts.
  3. A scandalous opera for its time, ‘Carmen’ is still one of the great romantic stories of all time, epitomized in George Bizet’s provocative  “Aragonaise”.
  4. Lovely and seductive, “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix – Instrumental Version” from Camille Saint-Saëns’ ‘Samson and Delilah’ translates to “Softly awakes my heart”.
  5. Put on the light, operatic “Barcarolle” from ‘Les contes d’Hoffmann’, opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach and dream of Paris: the ultimate City of Love.
  6. Adagio in G Minor” by Tomaso Albinoni simply begs to the be soundtrack to your own love story with its gorgeous violin overtures and understated drama.
  7. Quintessentially French, the love song “C’est l’amour” by Édith Piaf. The performing powerhouse led a romantic life, and her songs let us in on it just a little.

Any romantic or Romantic songs that should’ve made the list? Let us know in the comments below!