03 June 2007

The Shadow of Stalin

Last night, we went to the symphony.
The LA Philharmonic was doing a series they called "The Shadow of Stalin". Last night's performance was a showing of the film Alexander Nevsky along with the orchestral performance of its soundtrack, written by Sergei Prokofiev.

The film was a real disappointment. It probably shouldn't have been, considering when and why it was made. It was basically a piece of Soviet propaganda.

Tod said the stage looked as if they'd taken everything out of the percussion storage room: there 3 huge bells in various sizes, chimes in various sizes, marimba, xylophone, as well as the usual drums. It was very crowded back there, with the pipe organ, and, the choir. It was a fantastic performance, though. I would have enjoyed it more without the film.

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