Healthy Meal Playlist

by John Birge, Minnesota Public Radio
January 10, 2012

St. Paul, Minn. — Bizet, Symphony in C
Consommé Bizet slightly thickened with tapioca, garnished with very small chicken quenelles flavored with tarragon, and chervil leaves.

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik (George Szell, conductor):
From Mozart and Haydn, about whom the conductor George Szell eloquently remarked: "There is a difference between the chaste sensuality of Mozart or Haydn and the lascivious sensuality of Richard Strauss. One cannot pour chocolate sauce over asparagus."

From Rossini, the gourmand, a piano piece: Almonds

Beware of this one: Bolcom, Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise

Unhealthy Meal Playlist

(okay, the food is rich, but the music has no calories):

Verdi, La donna e mobile: (Enrico Caruso, tenor)
Spaghetti Caruso created for the opera singer Enrico Caruso; a pound of Spaghetti with a pound of chicken livers

Bellini: Ah, non giunge, from La Sonnambula: (Luisa Tetrazzini, soprano)
Chicken Tetrazzini created for the opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini: a cassarole with chicken, onions, celery, carrots, and mushrooms, seasoned with bay leaf, cloves, garlic, tabasco and sherry, layered with spaghetti, covered with a heavy cream sauce and topped with parmesan cheese.

Mahler, Symphony No. 4, IV "Heavenly Banquet":
Probably not very healthy, but since it's about heaven, there's no need to worry about the cuisine shortening your life!

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