… my love affair with Prokofiev, that is. We have our orchestra only rehearsal (or at least I believe that to be the case) today, and meet with dancers starting tomorrow.

So for now here’s the orchestra only (NO, not us, of course). My guess is our tempi will be just wee bit slower, but time will tell.

I’ll see if I can’t find some decent ballet clips to put up. The ones I’ve seen so far either have bad sound or bad picture. Or both.


  1. Oh, Patty, you know you and Prokofiev have been an item for a while! 😉 I have to say MY love affair with Prokofiev (or with R&J, specifically) began, um, 35 years ago when SF Ballet performed it and I went to a performance courtesy of my teacher who was in the orchestra. It may have been one-sided, but I definitely fell in love with that ballet that night. The double CD with the Cleveland orchestra was the first CD I ever purchased, several years later when CDs came out. But I didn’t get to actually play the whole thing until we did it in SJ. I am really looking forward to playing it again, and feel so extremely fortunate to play a run of Figaro and another of R&J in the same month-long period, two of my very favorite works to play or listen to.

  2. It DOES feel like an extra special month, doesn’t it? 🙂

    Of course if I can’t get any EH reeds going I won’t be quite so happy. Hmmm. Should I look at reeds or do the shopping I need to do.

    Um. Out the door I go. Reeds, schmeeds! 😉

  3. crap, that’s fast.

    The music for Cinderella is equally charming – love!

  4. It always amazes me how the guy on the podium just waves his arms and the music HAPPENS.

    It’s largely because of the MUSICIANS. We know the drill.

    This was a very exciting performance but since I wasn’t THERE, I don’t know how much of that can be attributed to the guy waving his arms around in a seemingly haphazard manner, or because the musicians — as always — are so well-trained.

    Okay, I got off the subject. Sue me!

    end of rant

  5. I’m gonna guess, Cameron, that you aren’t wowed by Gergiev? 🙂

    I’ve seen some other videos that amaze me; the orchestra sounds amazingly together and I can’t figure out WHAT the conductor is doing!