Laurence Glavin wrote:
>One of the things I liked best about Michael Tilson Thomas's program
>on PBS last spring was the profile of the piccolo player and her solo
>in the scherzo of the Tchaikovsky IVth.
Now on DVD ("Keeping Score").
>The show also provided glimpses of section leaders working with MTT in his
>home even prior to rehearsals, so you got an idea of the work that goes
>into the final performance. They sometimes do this with spectator sports,
>especially figure skating, as well as the olympics.
I was likewise impressed with the "In Rehearsal" part of this DVD of
Gergiev/Rotterdam Phil doing Prokofiev's Scythian Suite:
I guess I would have come around to this piece on my own (being a Prokofiev
freak) but this took me there more quickly. For all I know, even Steve
Schwartz would like this version.:-)
I have remarked to my friends, when we discuss the "health" or future
of the symphony here in Shreveport (it's hanging in there) that I wish
conductors would say more about the history of and the anectdotes
surrounding the pieces that are performed. I think it is a good use of
the time at a performance and rarely fails to give me a bit more focus
and interest. The liner notes that come with a program are nice, but I
like hearing a person telling a tale. (It can also wake the audience up
a bit.) On our topic again, is this one more way to grab the younger
audience members (once they have been dragged to the show by their parents
or teachers)? I think videos like these two are extremely helpful.
[By the way, pardon my harping, but I consider myself squarely in the
category of a newcomer to classical music, which is part of the reason
I am so interested in exploring this whole thread.]