I wore gloves the whole time; I had forgotten my Ibuprofren, and my left thumb hurt every time I moved it, but warmth helps a little. Someone had a single Ibuprofren, which I took to be nice, but really it usually takes four when the osteo is hurting. I'm glad my Brahms score is well-loved, as it stays open easily on my open hand, no grasping required, and the pages are soft enough to turn pages with gloves on. Pain is gone today, and there is only a little stiffness. Not sure why it waxes and wanes.
We ran most of the piece, "Selig sind, die da Leid tragen, denn sie sollen getröstet werden" to "Ja, der Geist spricht, daß sie ruhen von ihrer Arbeit; denn ihre Werke folgen ihnen nach." Still some messy cutoffs in certain spots, which I hope get fixed quickly once we start rehearsals with Maestro Ignat next week. Otherwise, so far as I could tell, it sounded excellent. It felt excellent as I sang, flowing out of a sense of heightened concentration. Having sung a piece several times adds a vocal ease, for me, that is never quite the same with something newer, even if I've learned the newer piece quite well. Somethng to do with long-term memory, I suspect, and also somatic memory.
We're at the Kimmel Center for the rest of the Death March to Brahms rehearsals, so hopefully no more gloves required!