The sheer force of the music calls for a wild audience reaction.
Even if you don't like a concert of mine, please, please applaud at the end anyway.
Sometimes I wish that applause would come just a bit later, when it is so beautifully hushed that I feel like holding my breath in the silence of the end.
Mozart often wrote to his family that certain variations or sections of pieces were so successful that they had to be encored immediately, even without waiting for the entire piece to end.
Pianists don't argue too much generally because we have such a hard time just getting things right; arguing is for string players.
It is wonderful to see how happy all my friends in the LA Philharmonic are in their new home.
If the audience walks out of a concert thinking, What a wonderful experience, then we have done our job.
All of us love applause, and so we should - it means that the listener likes us!
Applause should be an emotional response to the music, rather than a regulated social duty.
The stage is close to being in the middle of the hall, so that the performers are surrounded by the listeners. I feel that we are all experiencing the music together.
If there were no rules about when to applaud, we in the audience would have the right response almost always.
We seem to have set up some very arcane rules as to when it is actually OK to applaud.
A lot of it just has to do with luck, serendipity.
I have been trying to find out exactly when listeners and performers decided that applause between movements would not be allowed, but nobody seems to have been willing to admit that they were the culprit.
We should welcome applause whenever it comes.