Poll: The Best and Worst Classical Music Dates

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

So you're planning a special night with your loved one and classical music is a part of it. But what will best spark the feelings of passion? And what would make you reconsider a follow-up? In advance of Valentine's Day, we offer a pair of polls on the perks and pitfalls of classical music dates.


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Madlyn Dickens from NYC

A torturous evening with the Goldberg Variations being played as the second piece before the intermission. No escape. Sorry Bach lovers, but that is an agony.

Feb. 11 2011 02:01 PM
Lucy Davidson from Port Washington, NY

It was Christmas Eve. Two good friends and I gathered to exchange gifts at one of our homes, have dinner there and then drive into Manhattan to a church downtown for the Festival of Lessons and Carols. We parked the car on the street. When we got to the church, we found good seats, toward the front and on the aisle. Halfway through, one of us decided they didn't like the program and said, "Let's leave." We walked up the aisle to the large front doors of the church and out to the street, to the hard stares of hundreds of congregants. As we walked to the car, we could hear a car alarm sounding. It was our car! Someone had broken into the trunk and stolen the gifts we had recently exchanged. It was, perhaps, a subtle lesson not to confuse the concept of "concert" with that of "worship." I never forgot the lesson or that crummy "date."

Feb. 11 2011 10:40 AM
Steve from NYC

I heard a story similar to Mr. Aucone's. In 1974, Nilsson and Vickers appeared in a single Met performance of Tristan. It was the hottest ticket in town and impossible to get. Somehow a college student scored a pair and excitedly called the girl he was dating to tell her. Her response? "Oh, I don't want to see that. We've already seen that one. I know how it ends."

They broke up shortly after.

Feb. 11 2011 09:22 AM
James Aucone from White Plains, NY

The worst Valentine's date I know of was not mine but a college classmate's. He had a first date with a girl he meant to impress with his sophistication. He had heard that Tristan & Isolde was filled with passionate music and thought that would do the trick, so he got Met tickets. I warned him to no avail that this was a five hour evening in German, that the music he wanted to hear came at the very end, and suggested that maybe Puccini would be a better bet.
It was, alas, the only date he ever had with her...

Feb. 09 2011 08:08 PM

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