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JoAnn Falletta's Top 10 Valentine's Day Playlist


With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought you might enjoy this romantic selection of favorites from Brevard Music Center's Principal Guest Conductor, JoAnn Falletta.  Happy Valentine's Day

1. You are So Beautiful
Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher - sung by Joe Cocker

Whether you are looking at an adorable puppy or kitten, or your own sweetheart, this is the music of love.

2. Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
Sergei Rachmaninoff
This is truly the most romantic symphony ever written - the third movement is so gorgeous it has been stolen for pop tunes.

Listen to Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27, Adagio   from Rachmaninoff & Rossini (Beau Fleuve Records)

3. The Way You Look Tonight  
Jerome Kern
It reminds me that the people we love always stay the "way we first saw them" in our hearts.

4.  Se
Ennio Morricone
"If you could see through my eyes for a day, then you would see the beauty I see in you"....and it sounds even more romantic in Italian.

5. Oblivion
Astor Piazzolla
Perhaps the most beautiful tango- unforgettable - filled with the melancholy of lost love.

 Listen to Oblivion  from Borrowed Treasures   (Virginia Arts Festival VA 901)

6. Romeo and Juliet 
Piotr Tchaikovsky
No one has crafted a more beautiful setting of the star-crossed lovers - we hear the whole story - without words - in 18 glowing minutes.

7. My Funny Valentine 
Rodgers and Hart - sung by Frank Sinatra
Growing up with parents who adored Sinatra, I have to include him on the list - and this is the classic Valentine song to "make you smile with your heart"

8. Someone to Watch Over Me
George Gershwin
When we hear Ella Fitzgerald sing the words that she herself wrote, we know that she so perfectly understands the love that all of us yearn for.

9. Misty
Erroll Garner - sung by Johnny Mathis
This is a classic forever.

10. Adagietto
Gustav Mahler
Mahler's heartbreaking love letter to his wife Alma - a love song never equaled!

  To learn more about JoAnn Falletta, please visit



Michelle Keenan is the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.