Sunday Morning Surprise

I subscribe to the Internet feed of Sirius/XM satellite radio. I also have an Internet radio alarm clock by my bed. On Sunday mornings I have the alarm set to listen to the Sirius/Xm Metropolitan Opera channel. They play archive Met opera broadcasts from years past. When my alarm goes off at 7:00 AM I’m never sure what I’m going to hear. Today it was Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta’s spectacular aria, specifically). That got me off to a rousing start to the day. Last week, conversely, what blazed to my still partially asleep ears was Alban Berg’s shocker Wozzeck. Nothing like a little dose of atonality to get your Sunday morning rolling. Made the Guilmant and Vierne I was playing in church seem pretty tame.

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