Which Classical Piece Sets the Mood for Romance?
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Update: In a poll we asked listeners to name the most sensual piece of classical music. Several hundred of you voted and we played your top choices on Tuesday night. Below are the results along with your write-in selections.
Hearts of chocolates and bouquets of flowers may represent affection in Valentine's Day gifts, but to some, they indicate a certain lack of imagination.
When it comes to setting the mood for romance, it helps to have just the right music.
Of course, some well-known masterpieces are renowned for their sensuality -- think of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Ravel's Bolero. Other classical music lovers turn to more intimate fare, like Brahms's Intermezzi or Italian madrigals of the early 17th century.
When you think heavy breathing, galloping hearts and long kisses, what do you hear?
Top 14 Most Sensual Pieces
1. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
2. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Prelude & Liebestod
3. Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor: Adagietto
4. Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
5. Ravel: Bolero
6. Puccini: "O soave fanciulla" from La Boheme
7. Piazzolla: Libertango
8. Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 62
9. Bizet: Carmen: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Habanera)
10. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2
11. Brahms: Intermezzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 117/2
12. Saint-Saens: Samson and Delilah: "Bacchanale"
13. Vivaldi: Concerto for Guitar in C, RV. 425
14. Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri ed amorosi: "Su, su, su, pastorelli" & "Non partir, ritrosetta"