The love of bygone days
"Love is the miracle of civilization" wrote Stendhal, adding that "modesty, by helping love through the imagination, gives it life". This playlist of sixty songs, written and recorded on 78 rpm between the 1920s and early 1950s, is dedicated to the kind of love once found in songs. Each disc has the power to evoke a world, and when the needle of the old gramophone starts to play those sounds with one click, what we hear is a world made of gentle courtesy, silences and modesty, but also passion, tears and disillusionment. A whispered love, often from voices that verged on operatic. A disenchanted love, at the pace of a slow foxtrot. A passionate love, at its best in the first language of song, Neapolitan. And then lies, abandonments, supplications, roses and skirmishes between lovers: it is the love that was sung of in times past.