‘Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love.’ Romantic composer Hector Berlioz
From the creator of Swoon comes an enthralling introduction to the great love music of the classical composers.
Experience music from 10 composers, from the passionate arias of Puccini and Mozart to the intimacy of Satie’s Gymnopedies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, and the extraordinary orchestral colours of Schumann, Debussy and Brahms.
This is music at its most eloquent, written to seduce, to capture the ineffable highs and – perhaps most often – to overcome the excruciating blows of love. As Lawrence himself puts it, ‘the sounds of these composers are a poignant counterpoint to the tales of their stuttering dreams. Therein lie the real truths of these lives – and ours. For when it comes to putting a little love into your day, classical music does the best job of all.’
This 2-CD set accompanies the major new book Symphony of Seduction by ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence.
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ERIK SATIE 1. Gnossienne No. 5 2. Gymnopédie No. 3 3. Je te veux (I Want You) 4. Gymnopedie No. 1
ROBERT SCHUMANN 5–7. Carnaval (excerpts) 8. Scenes from Childhood: Träumerei (Day-Dreaming) 9. Arabesque in C major
HECTOR BERLIOZ 10. Lélio: VI. Fantasia on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ 11. King Lear – Overture (excerpt) 12. Summer Nights: L'Île inconnue (The Unknown Island)
ALESSANDRO STRADELLA 13. Ah! Troppo è ver – Christmas Cantata: Sovrano mio bene
RICHARD WAGNER 14. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude 15. Wesendonck Lieder: Träume (Dreams)
GIACOMO PUCCINI 1. La bohème: Mi chiamano Mimì 2. The Girl of the Golden West: Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano 3. Turandot: Signore, ascolta
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN 4. Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27 No. 2 5. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4 6. Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 7. La finta giardiniera: Geme la tortorella
CLAUDE DEBUSSY 8. Nocturnes: Sirens 9. La Mer (The Sea): From Dawn to Midday on the Sea 10. Beau Soir (Beautiful Evening)
JOHANNES BRAHMS 11. Piano Concerto No. 1: Adagio 12. Hungarian Dance No. 11 in D minor
Artists include Luciano Pavarotti, Nicole Car, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renée Fleming, Roger Woodward, Janine Jansen, Charles Dutoit and Simone Young, and the Montreal, Cleveland, Budapest Festival, Melbourne and West Australian symphony orchestras.