February 10, 2015

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

You've been looking for love in all the wrong places. Discover romantic Rameau with French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

With five days to Valentine's Day, we're presenting five classical albums (one per day) that are all about love...where you least expect it.

French Baroque music might not seem sexy, but young soprano Sabine Devieilhe (crowned Opera Singer of the Year in the Victoires de la Musique last week) proved otherwise with her debut album Le Grand Théâtre de l'Amour, paying tribute to the composer Jean-Philippe Rameau on the 250th anniversary of his death.

No one does l'amour better than the French, and Rameau's operas are particularly rich in romance, noble longing, and sensual harmonies. No surprise, then, that the album, as conductor Alexis Kossenko explains, covers "every possible aspect of love, from the first innocent stirrings to passionate love, and the first manifestations of disquiet and jealousy".

From the crazy love of the Air de la Folie to the hedonistic Régnez, plaisirs et jeux, Rameau had a lot to say about love.