A ways back I was on the board of directors of a Canadian orchestra that participated in a new music festival in Amsterdam. We had been warned that the Dutch are very economical with their applause - if you get any at all you've probably done a very good job. I recall this not meaning any kind of disrespect to the Dutch, quite the contrary because I actually prefer that attitude. In North America almost every performer seems to get a standing ovation these days, The phenomenon is called excessive ovation syndrome and the academics study it. I wonder if it is some form of cathartic release over the stress of modern living?
If you go to the Concertgebouw the audience give a standup ovation each 15 minutes.
The Dutch have a saying "kat uit de boom kijken (watch the cat out of tree)" ~ you first have to prove yourself... it's a cultural thing.
I lived in Pavia and Maurice Andre got three standing ovations. Not surprising I suppose.
Once I paid a compliment to a girl ... she got very annoyed .. so I stopped paying compliments.
Have you ever been to BBC Proms? It's so famous that the question sounds almost like an insult, but it seems like I'm the only person here who lives in London, an't I?
The audience / prommers not only cheer and applaud the performers, but also - according to the tradition - those in the galleries running around the Royal Albert Hall stamp with their feet increasingly fast, and when they cannot go any faster, they burst into even louder ovations. The greatest, who come there, wouldn't dare to ignore it
That's where I heard the longest and most beautiful encores, e.g.:
(I didn't go to many gigs this year though. They've gotten on the trend of mixing classical and popular music, e.g. this year they tortured some jazz hits. Besides, the most interesting concerts are in late evenings in the middle of the week and I'm not a big fan of lonely walks around London at such time. Let's do some Wilmott Proms night out next year