Danse Macabre Opus 40 Camille Saint-Saens Download 'Danse Macabre Opus 40' on iTunes
10 February 2016, 16:52
Have a soppy and indulgent listen to the most romantic pieces of music imaginable - from anguished relationships to new-found love and most things in-between.
If you have a moustache or are in any way British or emotionally repressed, all you have to do is stick this piece on the stereo, stand awkwardly in the corner and wait for the object of your desire to shower you with kisses. Guaranteed*. (*Not even slightly guaranteed.)
Let Pavarotti do the talking. Singing. Whatever. Either way, Puccini does romance, anguished or joyful, better than most, and this aria is one of his most charged duets.
So the story itself didn’t end all that well (whirlwind holiday romance goes insanely wrong, teens take drastic action etc), but the music inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous romance is so affecting, so purely emotional, that you’ll probably want to visit the apothecary as well (not really).
Oh, can’t you just feel it ruddy well oozing out of you? Romance, that is. Blimey, just one blast of this at full volume is guaranteed to melt absolutely anyone.
Simple, sweet, plaintive, innocent. This is the sound of love beginning, a perfect choice if you’re cooking for a date and want to appear both intelligent and emotionally accessible.
It’s sort of like the cooler, less famous cousin to Tchaikovsky’s super-slushy love theme from Romeo & Juliet. Stately, restrained and, when it finally lets go, absolutely shattering.
Date advice: do not attempt to sing this song to your partner to make them like you more or to make up for a lack of Valentine’s Day presents. Leave it to Renée Fleming instead. Always leave it to Renée Fleming.