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For those perturbed by between-movement applause...


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Neil McGowan
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« on: October 12, 2013, 06:27:11 pm »

.... thank your lucky stars you are spared the behaviour of Chinese concert-goers Sad

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Letter+from+Fuling+NACO+concert+Chinese+city+creates+quite/9022121/story.html

A few years ago I was at a Helikon Opera (Moscow) performance of Alban Berg's LULU - conducted by their house maestro, Vladimir Ponkin. During Act II, the buzz of chatter from somewhere around Row 4 or 5 of the stalls became clearly audible in the rest of the hall.  Ponkin stepped off his podium, walked up the central aisle, and said sternly "For chrissake, shut up!" to the offending natterers - who were so engrossed in their chat that they didn't even see the maestro coming Sad
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 07:53:15 pm »

And they stopped their conversation?
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2014, 09:39:36 am »

And they stopped their conversation?
We'll never know, perhaps...

It sounds a most dismal experience. It seems to be a matter of cultural differences, though (not that I'm making any kind of excuse, of course!); I recall a recital of Tagore settings (including some of my own) given by soprano Jane Manning and pianist David Mason years ago as part of a long event at the Tagore Centre in London at which the same kind of thing occurred; had the Wigmore Hall police been on duty, they'd probably have resorted to water cannon, tear gas, kettling or perhaps even all three to deal with the problem.
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