Monday, September 22, 2008
Classical music virus spreads to Edinburgh
Many of this year's BBC Proms were marred by meaningless dribbles of applause between movements. I know there is no rule saying no applause between movements. But, by the same token, there is no rule saying wind should not be broken by members of the audience during the performance.
The only consolation was that the applause virus was confined to the Proms, meaning that it appeared in just one location for a couple of months a year. But now comes very bad news. Tonights' BBC Radio 3 recording from the Edinburgh Festival with Ivan Fischer conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra in the Usher Hall featured the dreaded applause between the movements of the Brahms/Schoenberg Piano Quartet in G minor.
Something needs to be done quickly to stop this potentially fatal virus spreading world-wide. The only links between the Proms and the Edinburgh Festival concert were that both were relayed on BBC Radio 3 and both were introduced by Petroc Trelawny. That must mean a lengthy quarantine period for both presenter and radio station.
You can now vote on whether applause between movements is a bad thing in the poll at the top of the right-hand side bar. After which this thread can only lead Into Great Silence.
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