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Does erotic classical music send your libido soaring? Well then, don't be stingy, share with us! Sure, you can share your libido, but for now we'll be satisfied with your favorite erotic classical music CD. Follow the Participation image below, and we'll post your suggestions (be sure to include CD titles, not just the music titles).

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dj recommends: The music for The Hunger ... wild, dark lust to start out with Bauhaus song "Bela Lugosi's Dead", but then the rest is beautiful classical music, lots of piano and cello.  the movie has a great sex scene between Susan Sarandon and Katherine Deneuve; and David Bowie gets the bi-side of me going too.

Jane says: One of the sexist things ever is Isolde's Liebestod. Also the whole of Act I of Walkure. FFS, can't we forget Wagner's politics and look instead at his wonderful transgressive eroticism? His politics don't matter now, and his music does.

From John Boase: The 2nd movement of Mozart's 21st Piano Concerto, the 1st movement of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata . If they don't work for you, give up!

Bill Smith says:  The fourth movement (only) of symphony 22 (City of Light) by Alan Hovhaness is the best exposition of orgasm (male) I've ever heard.

Miss Mozart says: PASSION! SENSUALITY! ITALIANS! SWELLING CLIMAXES!!!! Nothing is more sexy than Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme, especially the tenor aria "Che Gelida Manina" and the sextet from Act III. The swelling sound of a tenor's luxuriant voice is enough to put me in the mood anytime.

Anonymous says:† Handel's 'Passacaglia'... my favorite arrangement is on Arturo Delmoni and Nathaniel Rosen's 'Music for a Glass Bead Game' album, under the John Marks Records label... it was the centerpiece in a mix CD of 'stu

nningly erotic classical music' that I made for a friend. The Handel piece is one of the most singularly sublime (and well-timed!) recordings of any type that I have heard - builds up slowly to a decadent finish and sweet little post-orgasmic sigh of violin and cello. Magnificent.

Mark says:† Ravel's "Bolero" If that don't get ya in the mood, nothing will.

Lily says: I could discuss sexy classical music all day and all night. Some of my top picks? Elgar. Just about anything by Elgar, but the Cello Concerto in particular. Yo Yo Ma, all the way. Beethoven: Kreutzer violin sonata Piano Concerto 1. Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham, Itzahk Perlman, or Nadia Solerno-Sonnenberg. Beethoven: Piano Concerto 1. Emmanuel Ax, Saint-SaŽns: 3rd Symphony, Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2, Brahms: 3rd or 4th Symphonies. Eduard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole. There are just too many... :) I would list specific CDs, but classical music is also subjective. What I like about one interpretation may not appeal to someone else. Thus, I've included a list of soloists that I tend to prefer.

Ellen Addie says: Passionate, intelligent, moving, unusual, all describing Sergei Prokofiev's music. Though you wouldn't think a ballet from a fairy tale might be erotic, his score for "Cinderella" is exquisite, and I use it all the time as inspiration for my writing. I would also recommend his "Romeo and Juliet" (though I think "Cinderella" is sexier) and his waltzes and anything else. He is at once sublime, powerful and sensual. The best! You could try the "Cinderella" Suite but you'll probably want to right to the full-length ballet, it's that wonderful.

Alexandra Diane says: I can't believe nobody's mentioned Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain"! Granted, it's a little bit dark, but if you're writing BDSM or vampire, it sets great mood music. Always makes me think of some hot vampire sex in some Transylvanian castle on a dark and rainy night.

Simon says:  Lush, tender, poignant, and erotic, Borodin's second String Quartet in D does it for me, especially the first and third movements. Less for seduction, more to accompany love-making with your long-time soulmate.

Lionello says:  The most erotic and stimulating music that I have ever heard is without a doubt Brahms' clarinet quintet. Brahms was a very erotic old man!

Tom says:  If you can overlook Wagner's social and political views, the Tannhauser Overture is full of sex, mutual orgasms and continued passion after the sex is done! We find it sensual and erotic. What more could you want?

Rebecca says:  Both sensual and exotic at the same time, East Village Opera Company for me creates some sexy daydreams. I recommend "Nessun Dorma" because it builds excitement and tension from start to finish like the perfect orgasm. "Flower Duet" normally has a lesbian connotation but when sung as a duet between a man and woman, it becomes a song perhaps about a secret, forbidden love.

To put you in the mood, try "O Mio Babbino Caro". It has a great beat and haunting sensual melody. "Habanera" is an updated version a classic with a upbeat tempo, driving to a climax at the end. Muy Bueno.

Trixie says:  Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Yehudi Menuhin is music for making love. The first movement to my mind depicts oral sex for a woman with many orgasms; the second, oral sex for a man, taking him close to the edge but never over; while the third can only be described as a joyous and prolonged coupling!

Menuhin's interpretation of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op64 is the perfect follow on, floating on a tranquil sea, passion spent, laying close, touching, dozing.

Trixie recommendsJosh Groban - Mi Mancherai, When you say you love me, all'improviso amore, Remember when it rained, Hymne a l'amour, You raise me up; Peter Kovacs Classics for Lovers, inspire me to write. The most relaxing Classical album in the World is great for "after" when floating together in the sea of tranquility - played very softly, of course. And when I am alone "Secret Garden" will send me into peaceful sleep for the next 8-9 hours! 

William says:  I find some pieces move me and one which really brought tears was the second movement of Shostakovich's second piano concerto.

    Anonymous says:  I am amazed that no one has yet mentioned "Carmen" by Bizet. Try dancing to the habanera, and you'll see what I mean. Sultry sexy Seville at its finest, raunchiest, and mort provocative.

    Anonymous says:  The most erotic classical piece for me has always been Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D. The seductive play between the soloist and the orchestra matches the seductive rhythms of sexual play perfectly. Try it some time.

    Claude says:† For those more intellectually stimulated, any selection from J.S. Bach will gain plentiful results. (He had well over 20+ offspring by the way)

    Ladyfaye says:† My favorite cd of all time is "Closer" by Josh Groban. almost all of his songs on the cd will put you and your lover in the mood anytime.

    My personal favorites are tracks number 2 "Confession," number 3, "Mi Mancherai (il postino)," number 4 "Si Volvieras A Mi," number 5 "When You Say You Love Me," and last but certainly not least number 10 "Remember When It Rained." These some of these tracks if not all will surly put you in the mood.

    Teresa says:† For some of the most gorgeous music ever You have to listen to the "Lullaby" or "Firebird's Supplication" from Stravinsky's Firebird ballet. There is a new recording conducted by Gergiev of the Maryinskiy orchestra - Gergiev is the best interpreter of Stravinsky I've ever heard.

    Also, Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun.

    From Jules:†The first part of Trois Gymnopedies, Lent et douleureux, is of course, the famous piano piece that most have heard, and it's worth getting an entire CD for that. There are another 53 pieces on the CD I own. Soft and gentle and perfect as a poem. Try to reflect some of that gentleness back onto yourself through the use of this music; let your eyes and lips prove it can really be you. That first song was given words sung by, among others, Charlotte Church, and although I dislike the idea of putting lyrics to famous instrumentals, I admit they are beautiful, if you are too tired at the end of a long day to think of any yourself...

    Huckleberry says:†For sheer, luxurious erotica in musical form, you can't beat Richard Strauss. There's so much to choose from but if you want to hear what a truly great composer can suggest with music, try the overture to Der Rosenkavalier, which depicts a couple making love. The opera goes on to feature some of the most divine music ever written for the soprano voice.

    Paul Down says: Classical is so misunderstood. My most listened to in my collection would be Carmina Burana, Vid Cor Meum, Lux Eaturna (ligeti), the nutcracker suite, the Carmen suite, night on bald mountain, Finlandia and swan lake.

    Mary says:† The Overture to Tannhauser by Richard Wagner. Simply breathtaking! The slow, sensual beginning that pierces your heart like an arrow--sends shivers throughout the entire body. The thunderous climax to the piece can only be topped by your own.

    Stan says:† As accompaniment for a twenty-something-minute sexual act, I found once upon a time that Stravinsky's Firebird Suite has it all orchestration that is just exotic and lush enough; tempi and weights and rhythms and textures that keep shifting organically; a prolonged climax that builds relentlessly through a series of false endings to a l-o-o-o-n-g pounding release.

    Stephan says:† Franz Liszt's Les Preludes incorporates all the stages of foreplay mounting to marvelous orgasm.

    Chris says:† Classical music has a lot of tracks to get you going, my†best bet is Beethoven's symphony #9, Hector Berlioz's rob roy overture, and when you get a chance Tchaikovsky's russian symphony, I want you to take a listen to Dvorak's symphony #8 and Felix Mendelsson's Italian symphony. these should give you plenty of lustful thoughts, they did the trick for me!

    Z suggests:† Holst's The Planets is very atmospheric and carries you from hot passion (Mars) to slow, romantic sex (Venus) until you fall asleep in the arms of Saturn.

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