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Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>Horner, James : My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Benny Andersson / Bjorn U : Like an Angel Passing Through My Room
>Rodgers, Richard : If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Brodszky, Nicholas : Be my love
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : I Dare to Love Thee, for voice & keyboard or orchestra, C.S. 129
>Chaminade, Cécile : Mots d'amour (Quand je te dis des mots lasses), for voice & piano
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Previn, Andre : Vocalise
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Rota, Nino : The Godfather
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Anonymous : Jeux interdits
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopedies (3) for Piano
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : Confesion, romanza for guitar
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
>Schubert, Franz : Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op 137 no 1
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection contains both ADD and DDD recordings.

Personnel: Barbara Bonney , Montserrat Caballé , Ileana Cotrubas (soprano); Magdalena Kozená, Anne Sofie von Otter, Teresa Berganza (mezzo soprano); José Cura, Plácido Domingo, Carlo Bergonzi, José Carreras , Ben Heppner , Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); Bryn Terfel (bass baritone); Alexander-Sergei Ramírez, Göran Söllscher, Narciso Yepes (guitar); Fabrice Pierre (harp); Gil Shaham (violin); Mischa Maisky, Moray Welsh (cello); Patrick Gallois (flute); Martha Argerich , Daniel Barenboim , Bengt Forsberg, Emil Gilels , Friedrich Gulda (piano).

Deutsche Grammophon's double-disc set Love Moods features some of classical and film music's most romantic opera and instrumental pieces. Disc 1 collects highlights from operas such as Carmen, Tosca, La Boheme, and The Marriage of Figaro as performed by Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, and Anne Sofie VonOtter; Bryn Terfel's version of "Mio Cuore Va (My Heart Will Go On)" (Titanic) redeems the song somewhat from its overblown origins. Disc 2, meanwhile, showcases romantic instrumentals like Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 3," Liszt's "Liebestraum," Massenet's "Méditation from Thaïs," and Nino Rota's "Love Theme from the Godfather." While it's not a definitive collection of romantic classical music, Love Moods is still a pleasant and relaxing one. ~ Heather Phares



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Works Details

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Horner, James : My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
  • Performers: Neil Martin (Pipe); London Symphony Orchestra (Bass Baritone); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Voi che sapete
  • Performers: Prague Philharmonia; Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michel Swierczewski
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore
  • Performers: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra (Soprano); Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Colin David
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus / Stig Anderson : Like an Angel Passing Through My Room
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Rodgers, Richard : If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")
  • Performers: English Philharmonia (Bass Baritone); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Donna non vidi mai
  • Performers: La Scala Theater Orchestra; Jose Cura (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Brodszky, Nicholas : Be my love
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); London Symphony Orchestra (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Karl-Heinz Loges
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola :: Una volta c'era un re
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Mezzo Soprano); Teresa Berganza
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : I Dare to Love Thee, for voice & keyboard or orchestra, C.S. 129
  • Performer: Ben Heppner
  • Ensemble: Members of the London Symphony Orchestra (Members)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Cécile Chaminade (1857 - 1944) : Mots d'amour (Quand je te dis des mots lassés), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performers: Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Tenor); Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); London Symphony Orchestra (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>André Previn (Conductor/Piano) (1929 - ) : Vocalise
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Cello); Barbara Bonney; Moray Welsh (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 11 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Performers: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Violin); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Rota, Nino : The Godfather :: Love Theme
  • Performer: Lakatos Róbert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lakatos Róbert
  • Ensemble: Roby Lakatos Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1972.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1972

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Anonymous : Jeux interdits
  • Performer: Narciso Yepes (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Pavel Gililov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Agustín Barrios-Mangoré (1885 - 1944) : Confesion, romanza for guitar
  • Performer: Alexander-Sergei Ramirez (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912-1916

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 :: Andante
  • Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano); Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Schubert, Franz : Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op 137 no 1 :: Andante
  • Performers: Gil Shaham (Violin); Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1816

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performers: London Festival Orchestra (Harp); Patrick Gallois (Flute); Fabrice Pierre (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ross Pople
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); L' Orchestre de Paris (Cello)
  • Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886