To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing some of our most romantic pieces of classical music with you to create that special playlist. Break open a bottle of bubbly, unwrap that box of chocolates and curl up together on the sofa to enjoy our Valentines favourites. 

David has chosen a couple of excerpts (a 'his and hers') from Il trovatore, Leonora's cavatina "Tacea la notte placida" as she confesses her love for the troubadour Manrico to her confidante, Ines, and Manrico's serenade below her balcony: 

Alison wanted Rodolfo's aria "Che gelida manina" from La bohème... but most of all she wanted a hunky tenor to sing it to her. I hope Jonas will do... 

Spanish editor Katia has chosen the incredible duet at the end of Monteverdi's opera L'incoronazione di Poppea (we'll gloss over the murderous route that led the happy couple to this moment of marital bliss...)

French editor Luce has gone for Reynaldo Hahn's dreamy chanson L’Heure exquise, beautifully sung by Susan Graham:

Hedy, German editor, has gone for an endearing, if realistic, approach to Valentine's Day, with Britten's arrangement of Auden's poem Tell me the truth about love:

Simon suggests the Three Romances for violin and piano, Op.22 by Clara Schumann:

Dance editor Alexandra has opted for the Balcony Scene from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet... but specified it had to be the version with Alessandra Ferri as Juliet!

In the rare moment his heart softens, Mark particularly enjoys the opening movement of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor (probably memories of Brief Encounter):

For a more cynical take on love, take a listen to our alternative Valentine's Day playlist