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Why are classical audiences so quiet?

Tom looks at how classical audiences are hooked on silence. We should, he says, relax in the concert hall, show our appreciation by clapping when we want to, and enjoy the music.

Tom looks at how modern audiences are hooked on silence in the concert hall. Citing a recent incident where the rustling of a sweet wrapper by an audience member in Malmo created a ruckus so powerful that it spilled spectacularly into a violent brawl, Tom will examine why silence is considered so important and noise so abhorrent in classical concerts.

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Music Played

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • DG 437-789-2.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Platee - comedie-lyrique in 3 acts

    Performer: Carolyn Sampson. Performer: Ex Cathedra Consort. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA 68035.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide - tragedie lyrique in a prologue and 5 acts LWV.71

    Performer: Les Talens Lyriques. Performer: Christophe Rousset.
    • Aparte.
    • AP135.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in E major RV.269, Op.8`1 (La Primavera) for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Enrico Onofri. Performer: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • TELDEC.
    • 4509-90850-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no. 31 in D major K.297 (Paris) (K.300a) - [either version]

    Performer: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 420-937-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no. 31 in D major K.297 (Paris) (K.300a) - [either version]

    Performer: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 420-937-2.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor Op.23 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
    • 4498162.

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