Dinner for two by candlelight, a walk on the beach, cuddling by the the fire, and watching the stars are all very romantic things to do, but something very important is missing - the music! Like a great movie, a good moment becomes a magical moment with the right soundtrack. This concise selection of music will provide you with a sizable foundation upon which to build your own romantic classical music collection.
1. Romantic Adagios
There are so many great recordings on this CD, it's almost too good to be true. I have no doubt that you'll fall in love with this album. Not only is it great for candlelight dinners and snuggling with your loved one by the fire, but perfect for respite from a stress-filled day. This album features a great mix of romantic period composers including Beethoven
, Debussy, Mahler
, Dvorák, Barber, Rachmaninoff, and even Mozart. It's easy listening, non-distracting, and perfect for romance.
2. The #1 Soprano Album
A very good friend of mine who happens to sing soprano at a renowned music school once said she absolutely, without a doubt, loves this album. Well, after reviewing it, her glowing recommendation was spot on. It features many of the world's most renowned sopranos singing the greatest arias of all time - "Casta Diva
" and "Vissi d'Arte
" to name a few. I've even included several of the album's arias in my list of recommended romantic opera music
3. Be Mine - The Ultimate Romance AlbumFinding a decent compilation of classical music can often be a challenging task.
Though I have a few reservations about this album (some of the included works aren't romantic at all, and the orchestration of Bach's "Air on a G String" sounds metallic and unbalanced), in general it's really quite good. In fact, a few of the songs that made my list of romantic orchestral pieces
are included within this album.
4. Cello AdagiosThere's nothing more beautiful to me than the sound of a well-tuned, well-played cello. If you love the cello as much as I do, I have no doubt you'll love this album. Many of the romantic songs performed on the previous albums were orchestrated for solo cello, like Debussy's Reverie and Chopin's Nocturne no. 2.
5. Romantic Piano AdagiosThe title of album has a duel meaning; Romanitic Period piano music, and romantic piano music. Though I wouldn't consider Satie's Gnossiennes no. 1 to be all that romantic, the entire two-disk collection of romantic piano adagios does pack a romantic punch. You'll find many of its track listings repeated on the other albums included in this list, but you'll also find several that aren't, which is why this would make a great album to add to your classical music collection.