I first heard this composition on one of the many classical collections I acquired to help relax my son at night. I was struck at once by the beauty of the piece, from the choral performance to the chord structure and arrangement. This particular selection, "Agnus Dei", is the tenth movement of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, which debuted in London in April 2000. The entire Mass is well worth hearing, but this is by far my favorite selection. In a rather sad coincidence, the first CD edition of this Mass was released one day before the September 11 terrorist attacks. Bummer.
Due largely in part to a recent tweet from Roger Ebert, I decided to check out The Third Man recently. It's apparently considered to be pretty good, as evidenced by its inclusion on AFI's original list of the 100 best American movies of all-time (it was at #57, but was cut from the most recent list). I also wanted to check it out because I haven't really taken the time to explore film noir as much as I'd like, and also I figured it had to be good since it had pre-puffy Orson Welles. Score one for social networking, because it definitely is an enjoyable film and has held up fairly well since it was released in 1949. So what's it all about? The film takes place in post-World War II Vienna, a defeated city divided into four occupied zones (American, British, French, and Russian), a