February 21 (Delibes’ birthday) – Passione

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Leo Delibes: Lakmé: Flower Duet
There are thousands of examples of passion and romance in classical music. But Delibes’ opera “Lakmé” is so romantic that the thick canopy of jasmine described in this hypnotic duet seems to exude both sound and scent. It’s a miracle of melody—two delicate lines interwoven almost as one, accompanied by the gentle pizzicato of strings.

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