Thursday, August 19, 2010

Top Ten Classical Breakup Songs

As summer draws to a close, so do summer flings. While not all relationships end, some fade just like the hours of daylight. KPAC host John Clare has some listening selections for you, some classical catharsis.

10. Verdi – La forza del destino overture (The force of destiny) [listen here]
9. Fritz Kreisler – Liebesleid (listen here)
8. Panufnik – Autumn Music (listen here)
7. Schumann – First sorrow (Album for the young) [listen here]
6. Corigliano – Of Rage & Remembrance (listen here)
5. Puccini - Con onor muore ("To die with honor") from Madama Butterfly (listen here)
4. Xenakis – Pithoprakta (listen here)
3. Kurtag - Ligatura Message To Frances-Marie (listen here)
2. Penderecki – Threnody for the victims of Hiroshima (listen here)
1. Gorecki – Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (listen here)

What songs have gotten you through a hard breakup?


Nathan said...

Oh my goodness, if I heard someone listening to the Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima as a breakup song, I'd wonder what on earth the relationship was like!!

Jack Fishman said...

While the Gorecki is a fabulous piece, it is way too serious for the breakup of a summer fling. How about Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (first movement) instead?


Elaine Fine said...

Where's Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa?

The drunk reader said...

Frédéric Chopin - Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no. 4)