Many people don’t believe me when I say I workout to classical music. But believe me, the immersive sound of a full orchestra can really put you in the beast mode flow.
“Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Andersen
When I listen to classical music, my thoughts are no longer thoughts, but instead notes and chords that guide me in my creations. Truly, music is the fourth dimension to an event. It’s the undercurrent that molds the mood of your guests. It becomes the sound track of our lives. It’s so important. One of my favorite events to put together was Up Close and Personal with Michael Tilson Thomas, the 13 time Grammy Award Winning Maestro of the San Francisco Symphony and Artistic Director of New World Symphony.
Here are just a few of my favorite classical songs perfect for dinner entertaining:
Elgar – Salut D’Amour
The Greeting of Love. A French inspired piece by an English composer is the perfect dreamy opening for a relaxed tone playlist.
Chopin – Fantasie Impromptu
Sparkling intimate and originally dedicated to the composers close female friend.
Bach – Cello Suite 1
Ebbing and swaying, a widely recognized, warm and engaging mid-way selection that easily wraps you in its six movements.
Franz Liszt’s – Liebestraum
Translating from German to “Love Dream” the tone is quietly bittersweet and a great conversation starter.
Rachmaninoff – Vocalise for Violin
The last of the fourteen of the Russian’s compositions is romantically lyrical and softly sentimental.
Schubert – Serenade
As multilayered choice with darker tones it is smoothly matched for later in the day after dinner drinks.
Debussy – Clair De Lune
A familiar and comforting piece to round out your soundtrack and the accompanying wonderfully matched evening.
[Yes, I know I am a true romantic]