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February 14th, 2012, 01:16 AM
I don’t think I need to say much as an introduction for this Valentine’s Day playlist – the theme of love is everywhere in Classical Music, in all eras, in all genres… The problem I had wasn’t finding stuff to put here, as much as what I had to keep out!

To begin, from this week's SNL - the bit I want to share starts at the 1:00 mark:

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So, in a lot of ways, this is a playlist of my favourites, not necessarily yours, trying not to overlap too much with stuff I already used in past posts here and elsewhere – with the possible exception of the Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, which I’ve featured last year on ITYWLTMT as part of the Tchailkovsky Festival (http://itywltmt.blogspot.com/2011/05/podcast-8-tchaikovsky-festival-part-3.html) – along with a handful of “versions of Romeo and Juliet”.

The playlist covers it all, the classics, the sappy, the lesser known and, yes, even an Adam Sandler SNL classic.

Send that Playlist to your Valentine, along wioth some virtual flowers and chocolate, and maybe your mid-week may have some romantic surprises… (No, don’t thank me…)



Bedrich SMETANA (1824-1884)
Overture to Hubicka (The Kiss), JB 1:104
Prague Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ladislav Cigler

Pyotr Ilich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Romeo and Juliet (fantasy overture), TH 42
Sofia Festival Orchestra, conducted by Julian Kovatchev

Richard RODGERS (1902-1979)
"My Funny Valentine" from Babes in Arms (1937)
[Lyrics by Lorenz Hart]
Johnny Mathis, with uncredited accompaniment

Marguerite MONNOT (1903 – 1961)
Hymne à l'amour (Hymn to Love) (1949)
[Lyrics by Edith Piaf]
Edith Piaf, with uncredited accompaniment

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
"Die Post" (The Post) from Winterreise (Winter Journey), D. 911
Heinrich Schlusnus, baritone, with uncredited accompaniment

George GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
"Our Love Is Here to Stay" from The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
[Lyrics by Ira Gershwin]
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with the Oscar Peterson Quartet

Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Salut d'amour for violin & piano, Op. 12
Kyung Wha Chung, Violin and Philip Moll, piano

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962)
Liebesleid ('Love's Sorrow') (1910)
Liebesfreud ('Love's Joy') (1910)
Joshua Bell, violin, with uncredited accompaniment

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
"Scène d'amour" from Roméo et Juliette, op. 17
BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
Fourth movement (Adagietto. Sehr langsam) from Symphony No.5 in C-Sharp Minor (1901-02)
Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Lorin Maazel

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899)
Kuß-Walzer (Kiss Waltz), Op.400
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alfred Walter

Your Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAC2DC42810CE2A5F

*** Programming Note: Our next instalment of Pierre's Tuesday Blog will be posted exceptionally on Ash Wednesday, February 22md ***

February 17, 2012, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage "Beethoven 2 X 4" to its Pod-O-Matic Podcast (http://itywltmt.podomatic.com/). Read our English and French commentary February 17 on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog (http://itywltmt.blogspot.com).