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Romantic Favourites for Valentine's Day



“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” (Victor Hugo)

Help us to compile a romantic playlist for Valentine's Day! We'll make a list of the most popular choices and add it to our Romantic Favourites Playlist so you can enjoy the beautiful music with your special someone on 14 February!

Follow us on social media and find the romantic favourites post. Then comment with your top love song!

We also asked  some of our friends in music to share their favourite love songs for Valentine’s Day.

Pianist Albie van Schalkwyk: “My choices - the dedicated art song pianist that I am - are all from the Diana Damrau recital with harpist Xavier de Maistre. Fauré's Clair de Lune and Notre Amour as well as Richard Strauss' Morgen.

Talking about a love for love songs, pianist Albert Combrink compiled a whole list of his own

Erik Dippenaar shares his love for Baroque music with two special choices for Valentine's Day.

 1. JEAN-BAPTISTE DROUARD DE BOUSSET [1662-1725]

Pourquoy doux rossignol 

Performed by Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmXCcBgouRY

Translation:
Why, sweet nightingale
in this dark abode
do you wake me before dawn?

Have you come to announce the return
Of the one that I love?

Why, sweet nightingale
in this dark abode
do you wake me before dawn?

But, if Climaine is still insensitive to my love
Then abandon my heart to the fire which devours it

Why, sweet nightingale
in this dark abode
do you wake me before dawn?

2. Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690 - 1749)

Bist du bei mir

Found in the Anna Magdalena Notebook
Performed by Charles Daniels for the AllofBach series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6dTpDTozmc

Translation:
If you are with me, then I will go gladly
    unto [my] death and to my rest.
Ah, how pleasing were my end,
if your dear hands then
shut my faithful eyes!

 


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