February 11, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day: five classical albums for lovers

Roses are red, violets are blue... And absinthe is green. Erotic poetry aplenty on Jaroussky's Verlaine album 'Green'.

"Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches,
Et puis voici mon cœur qui ne bat que pour vous"

"Here are fruits, flowers, leaves and branches,
And here is my heart, which beats only for you."

Philippe Jaroussky sings these intimate lines three times on his forthcoming double album of Verlaine poetry in mélodies and chansons from Fauré to Ferré. Debussy, Fauré and André Caplet all set the poem Green, which gives the album its enigmantic title.

The programme presents a sumptuous collection of Verlaine in music, bursting with themes of love, desire and eroticism: la fatigue amoureuse (the fatigue of love). Although Green hits shelves just after Valentine's Day, we have a sneak peek for you here. Or why not try out a line of poetry on that special someone? We think "Fondons nos âmes, nos cœurs / Et nos sens extasiés" ("Let us mingle our souls, our hearts, our senses in ecstasy") could work rather well.