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Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Russ) Cantata, BWV 156: No.2 "Arioso"
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The Ultimate Romantic Piece

by Sean MacLean posted Jan 30 2014 10:52AM
For me, if it's to be truly Romantic, it must be in D-flat Major, (the richest, most velvet-draped key), Russian, unashamed to gush, but saved from cloying sentimentality by intellectual rigor and balance.

Now, where would I find that? In Rachmaninoff's 18th variation to his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, where the intellectual trick (he flips the Paganini tune upside down and submits it to all kind of rhythmic math wizardry) is a means to a Romantic end.  That Italian tune becomes so much more romantic in its Russified form that everybody from movie makers to fountain display technicians have co-opted it for its grandeur:

But if that's too cheesy for you, just follow the score: 

01/30/2014 10:52AM
The Ultimate Romantic Piece
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