This is not exactly work day morning music. You should probably wait until night when you can relax and think and brood and enjoy. But Medici.TV has this concert with Renee Fleming -- the diva in the dreamy picture at left -- singing Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" in addition to music from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde."
This all looks (and sounds) great from where I sit, which is at my desk where of course I should be getting work done instead of listening to this.
We have kind of a proprietary interest in Renee Fleming because she comes from Rochester down the road, and she has paid several visits to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, including once when, at a Season-Opening Gala concert, she sang these ravishing, bittersweet Strauss songs.
Her dark and smoky soprano is perfect for them, say I. And even though in the video she walks out on stage smiling, she and Abbado and company surround the songs with just the right twilight atmosphere.
Here is the link. Click at your own risk! Keep in mind, half way through the first song the thing will stop and cough up a request that you enter your email address and a password. But then you are registered and it does not cost anything and they will alert you to future freebies.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman