Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

(This is a work I have always loved playing … that first oboe entrance is one I’m in love with!)

The MET Orchestra performs the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana at the Met Opera’s At-Home Gala.
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  1. One of my favorite pieces to play…exquisite!

    I’m LOL at the conductor…many people don’t know how these videos are made.

  2. So why the LOL? Fill me in?

  3. Everybody on the video is performing along with a click track…even the conductor. The players are not following anybody except the click track, so the conductor is superfluous…

  4. Well, I’m not so sure, Dane. I checked with a friend who does these videos himself and he said that yes, it’s totally possible that Yannick Nézet-Séguin did his recording first and they followed him. Guess we might disagree on this one.

  5. I thought that might have been what you were thinking.

    And oh how I despise click tracks. We get them for the movies and even musicals sometimes. I tend to ignore them then.

  6. Well, I could be wrong, but with the Internet latency, I have not seen any way that musicians can play together online in real time. I did a project like this recently with Peninsula Symphony and I think everybody uses a click track unless there’s some technology of which I’m unaware.

  7. I contacted a Met Opera player: indeed, Yannick recorded his conducting first, and then they all followed that! How ’bout that!

  8. Well, that certainly is remarkable! I’d be interested to hear about the process they went through. I can’t imagine playing my part to a video of a conductor with no other sounds happening….sounds more difficult than a click track…

  9. I just posted another video with Tikey Zes conducting, btw. 🙂