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Saturday, March 10, 2018 Permalink

The Unrequited Connection

Pursued by Apollo, Daphne fled and was endlessly chased. [Painting by Francesca Albani, c.1615]


It’s painful to fall in love with someone who doesn’t—or can’t-- return your affections.

But Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie strikes a hopeful note, writing “Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.”

That rainbow—in this hour at least—is music. . .by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, and more—written in hopeful infatuation—or after the Big Letdown.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Brahms: The Symphonies [for opening music from the Liebeslieder Waltzes] Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly Decca 4785344 028947853442
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jay Willem de Vriend Challenge CC72550 608917255027
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 Vladimir Ashkenazy  (pianist & conductor), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Decca 4831692 028948316922 
Mon chant vous envoy [for Machaut’s “Quant je sui mis au retour”] Viva Bianca Luna Biffi, Pierre Hamon, Angélique Mauillon Eloquentia EL1342 3760107400420
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes Robert Shaw Festival Singers Telarc D110548 089408032622
Brahms: Serenades, Haydn Variations, etc., [for Alto Rhapsody] Janet Baker, John Aldis Choir, London Philharmonic, Adrian Boult (cond). EMI Classics 3 65229 2  094636522920
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev Deutsche Grammophon 463 075-2 028946307526
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frank Shipway. RPO Records 28960 723721445454

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