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    I watched "Woman in Gold" the other night (with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds) - which tells the story of Maria Altman, whose family owned a number of Gustav Klimt paintings including "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer", which were seized by the Nazis, and what she had to go through to regain possession of the paintings from Austria.

    I had followed her endeavors as they showed up in the news, and have seen Klimt's portrait in the Neue Galerie in New York (I was so fascinated by the painting and its workmanship that I got too close and a security guard had to drag me away) . I didn't realize that Maria Altman's lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg, is the grandson of composer Arnold Schoenberg. There is a wonderful scene in the movie where he attends a performance of Verklärte Nacht in Vienna, which I found very moving. So, this morning's listening was downloaded from iTunes:


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    I recommend the movie, by the way - it also is harrowing in its showing the disruption of normal peoples' lives when the Nazis came to power. Maria Altman and her husband escaped Austria (most of her family did not) and moved to California. The movie had so-so reviews, based on the screenplay, but I found it powerful.


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    Mmmm . . . Mozart.


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    hopefully next week my local cd shop will have this ballet, Hristic "Ohridska Legenda"

    avaiable from for WW customers: http://www.malasrpskaprodavnica.com/...2_0_0/item.jsp

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    A couple more purchases from my local second-hand store:





    Less familiar repertoire from these two composers. I hadn't heard any of it before, but both CDs feature strong performances of what turns out to be lovely (particularly the Brahms) and lively (particularly the Prokofiev) music. A happy purchase I'll enjoy again and again.

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    And no sooner do I post the above, but I go out to my mailbox and find my latest online purchase:



    Czech, please!

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    More in the mail:



    Lovely!

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    The 5 piano concertos, Choral Fantasy, and
    a 4th disc of other miscellaneous stuff Back Cover Link
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    On order from Amazon.



    She can play!

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    From my local secondhand store (he must be glad whenever he sees me walk in the door).

    For this one, he let me trade in my single-disc version, which contained only two of the five concertos:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    From my local secondhand store (he must be glad whenever he sees me walk in the door).

    For this one, he let me trade in my single-disc version, which contained only two of the five concertos:
    My music store likewise. I took 5 CD sets in the other day that I paid $5 for and got $15. I have about a dozen more sets at $1 each I plan on taking next time I go.

    My music store is not that convenient to home, so I don't get there often. When I do, I am inclined to buy something. I just isn't a complete trip to the music store unless you discover some interesting CD and purchase it.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    On order:


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    Just ordered today:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    From my local store:



    From Amazon:



    On order from Amazon:





    I detect a pattern.

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