Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Applause, applause!

Since I've been a strong fan of the 'authentic instrument revival' from way back, it seems I have to say sorry about my complaint about Proms audiences applauding between every movement. Listening to the interval interview with Roger Norrington (highly diverting and recommended, by the way, especially about 'baked beans'  conducting, 'acoustic central heating' and 'wobbling stuff') I discovered people applauded each movement a century ago, and it was only later someone commented on 'the strange new habit of not applauding between movements.' Obviously, I missed  the 'authentic applause revival' somehow, so I now shamefacedly accept I was wrong . . .

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