8 of the most romantic classical pieces for piano

09 February 2023
By Ellie Palmer
If you're looking for some romantic pieces to play around the house this Valentine's Day, we've got you. Here are some of the most gorgeous, passionate and powerful classical pieces for piano!


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1. Debussy Clair de lune

Where else to start other than with the absolutely stunning Clair de lune. Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays the piece in the video above, silencing her audience with the beauty of the piece.

'Clair de lune' quite literally means 'moonlight' in French. Certainly a romantic setting for a piano piece.



2. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 Op 18

This famous Rach concerto is a passionate piece full of power! Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova performs it above alongside the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. You can deny its jaw-dropping beauty.



3. Beethoven 'Moonlight Sonata'

Beethoven reportedly wrote and dedicated this piece to his 16-year old lover and student, Giulietta Guicciardi, whom he had fallen in love with at around that time. So it's certainly a piece full of love and feeling.

Pianist Georgii Cherkin does a sensational job of portraying that feeling of love above. 



4. Chopin Nocturne No 1 in B flat minor Op 9

Husband & wife Lang Lang and Gina Alice treat us to this gorgeous duo performance of Chopin's romantic Nocturne No 1 in B flat.



5. Liszt Liebestraum No 3

Translating to 'dream of love', this piece by Liszt is gorgeous enough to put you to sleep. One again, performed so effortlessly and beautifully by Khatia Buniatishvili.



6. Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 (II. Romance)

Pianist Magazine's first EVER cover artist, Leif Ove Andsnes, gifts us this gorgeous performance of the Romance movement from Mozart's Piano Concerto No 20. The piece certainly does justice to its name, with its lyrical, passionate, tender and romantic melody.


7. Einaudi I Giorni

You'll struggle to find a piano lover in the world who hasn't heard this iconic piece before. Einaudi takes the simplest of melodies and manages to create a piece loved and adored by so many. It's become a popular choice for bridal entrances at weddings!



8. Brahms Piano Intermezzo Op 118 No 2 

Those first two chords are enough to put you in a trance. This meditative, reflective and highly expressive piece is the perfect accompaniment to a Valentine's Day dinner.