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Pairing classical music to make taste better

This is British Airways’ new strategy in-flight meals. The new initiative, which they’ve called ‘Sonic Seasoning’, features some examples of classical music paired with specific dishes and drinks in an effort to make them taste better.

Debussy’s Clair De Lune is listed as the perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner: “Piano notes can also enhance the sensation of sweet and bitter tastes.” A Placido Domingo recording of ‘Nessun Dorma’, on the other hand, is suited to after-dinner coffee, thanks to the low tones of the tenor working well with bitter tastes. Shostakovich’s Romance from The Gadfly, however, was simply paired with white wine, because “Classical music can enhance the overall experience and perceptions of quality when paired with wine.”