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Brief mid-afternoon break for Korngold's birthday

I thought it would be worthwhile to pause briefly midway through the afternoon on Erich Wolfgang Korngold's birthday (b. 1897, d. 1957) and wallow in my favorite music by the composer.

Yes, I'm talking about the other-worldly beauty of the "Marietta's Lied" scene from his most famous opera, "Die tote Stadt." Perhaps you could use a little break to wallow in beauty, too.

For those of you who don't mind scratchy old recordings, I've picked a gem by Lotte Lehmann and Richard Tauber; for a modern-day version, some video from a production with Angela Denoke and Torsten Kerl. Enjoy:

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