Gorgeous musical Valentines, just for you

Whether you’re bitten by the love-bug or reaching for the bucket, there’s no denying that Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to dig out some beautiful music.

So when we asked our players what music puts them in the mood for love, what conjures up the essence of romance for them, they came up with some gorgeous pieces which would melt even the hardest of hearts. So curl up with that special person or, if Valentine’s Day leaves you cold, put your feet up, plug in your headphones and enjoy the music.

Lots of love from Brunel Sinfonia xx

Nocturne from Borodin's String Quartet No 2

“As a cellist I particularly love the opening tune. Borodin dedicated this piece to his wife and it is full of such beautiful emotion. The tune was re-used again for the song "And this is my beloved" in the musical Kismet - although I already knew the quartet, the first time I heard the song it felt like the perfect explanation of what the tune was all about, and the joy there is in appreciating the wonderfulness of those we love.”

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Jo, cellos

Vltava ' from Ma Vlast by Smetana

“I proposed to Emily on the Vltava river in Prague last Christmas. She walked down the aisle to it. It describes the journey of the river, passing a wedding party on the banks of the river. Plus, it starts with flute which is her instrument and how we met.”

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Mark, conductor

Final movement Sibelius Symphony No. 5

“My wife and I left the church with the triumphant horn call ringing in our ears! (Plus it's in E flat major, which is a beautiful burnt orange = joy & love & happiness)”

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Mark, conductor

Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony no.5

“Intertwined with simple lines are moment of gentle tenderness and achingly beautiful melodies that pull at your heart strings. Nothing says love and romance like a string section giving it their all. I can't think of a better string climax, with its graceful resolution back to peace and calm at the last.”

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Tina, leader

Andante from Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2

“With a tune to die for, for me it’s a moment of stillness in busy days. I’d forgotten I’d had it on my old iPod from years ago which I’d recently left in the car. My husband had been listening to it without knowing I’d been doing the same and we’d both been swooning a bit at the second movement. The concerto was also written by Shostakovich for his son and apparently contains lots of jokes only the two of them would have understood which makes me smile.”

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Rachel, cellos

On the Street Where You Live

“My top favourite has to be “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady. My husband made up some other words to it when we were courting.”

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Tina, violins



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