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Where appropriate O'Riordan was placated by her 1st Lieutenant and Sancho
Panza; Finnish orchestra leader Pia Siirala.
Ensemble XXI Moscow leader, Pia Siirala. © 2003 Howard Smith
However pieces were scattered, moves that should have been straightforward
bordered on the impossible, the sequence and whereabouts of preparations and
rehearsals was seldom as expected -- in short the game plan was reconfigured
repeatedly -- piece by piece.
With complications multiplying exponentially; the arrival of an intrusive two-man film and sound
crew (for RTE TV Ireland) was bound to prove an added hindrance; the more so under
officious director 'Irris'; a typically relentless Aussie TV independent, currently based in
A British TV crew focuses in on Korean bass Heung Yong Choi during rehearsals. © 2003 Howard Smith
In the wake of the Sakhalin tragedy, no sooner were chorus, orchestra and
soloists comfortable in one practice venue than they were compelled to leave
and 'set up shop' elsewhere.
Copyright © 27 November 2003
Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand