Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 11:15 am

“Dante and Virgil Encounter Paolo and Francesca” by Giuseppe Frascheri, 1846.

For a certain holiday this week, Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra are offering a program that might be called “My Tragic Valentine.” Treat that special someone to an evening of music honoring the great lovers of literature, even though they all end up dead.

Along with Wagner’s “Prelude and Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde and Berlioz’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini offers lovers who succumb to earthly passions and find themselves in the second circle of Hell, swirling in an eternal maelstrom. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday.; 202-467-4600

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