Vienna Philharmonic will use canned applause in empty New Year’s concert

The Vienna Phil are going ahead with their Strauss extravaganza in an empty, locked-out Musikverein.

The national broadcaster ORF will inject ‘interactive’ applause at appropriaute intervals, just as it does in football matches.

This is literally fake news.

Maybe Maestro Muti should put in a word?

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  • It’s like faking the orgasm, like plastic Christmas trees and Japanese Single Malt.

    It can work.

    I suggest ORF use the applause emitted when Kapellmeister John Williams entered the Golden Hall for the first time (before VPO had played a single note).

    That was rather impressive!

  • Let the beauty evolve without the audience for once. And no Radetzky March. It would be a nice symbol, burying a shitty year and hoping for a better one to come!

  • Just speaking for myself, I look forward to this concert more than usual. Given that our concertgoing musical lives have been put on hold and for some of us that has felt like a real loss, this will feel like a sign of good things to come in 2021. I do think it would have been extra special to have it clear there is no audience in the hall, yet in spite of that, the force of life that is so tangible when great music-making shows up, still goes on as meaningful as ever. That would be a lot more powerful than canned applause, frankly.

  • Please, no. It’s unnecessary. Just have the musicians stand, smile and acknowledge each other. Fake applause is, well, fake, and completely distracting.

    • ^ I thought that was the march from the Damnation of Faust, and the VPO usually plays the Radetzky March? Maybe I am losing something in translation.

  • There is no canned applause for matches on ORF. Whether there will be fake applause in the New Year´s Concert has not been decided. The idea did not come from the orchestra.

  • The ORF said they would interject applause at suitable intervals as is done in football. Well as far as my wife and I are concerned, who ever decided 2 times was sufficient, made a bad decision as it spoilt the atmosphere for us as it became empty as the hall was. What a shame when the whole orchestra with the wonderfully artistic conductor gave us a super presentation of the wonderful music!?
    Happy new year. Aase and Robin Carter

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