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    Those at our local opera house last a few good minutes, but apparently the applause at the premiere of Mahler's 8th symphony lasted as long as 20 minutes.

    What's the longest you have heard or participated in?

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    Without doubt - the Solti/ChicagoSO performance of Mahler Sym #5 in Carnegie Hall, March 1970....an amazing, now "legendary" concert, superhuman playing...the audience went totally nuts, like at a major sporting event - whistling, hooting, hollering, stamping, applauding...it went on for at least 35', it was unbelievable....would have gone on a lot longer, but finally Solti came out for the jillionth time, dragged the concertmaster off with him -<<Sorry, we have a plane to catch>> he said laughing and waving....as the orchestra left the stage, only then did the applause begin to diminish..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Without doubt - the Solti/ChicagoSO performance of Mahler Sym #5 in Carnegie Hall, March 1970....an amazing, now "legendary" concert, superhuman playing...the audience went totally nuts, like at a major sporting event - whistling, hooting, hollering, stamping, applauding...it went on for at least 35', it was unbelievable....would have gone on a lot longer, but finally Solti came out for the jillionth time, dragged the concertmaster off with him -<<Sorry, we have a plane to catch>> he said laughing and waving....as the orchestra left the stage, only then did the applause begin to diminish..
    That's amazing! But 35 minutes... man, one could fit entire Beethoven's 5th as an encore in that timeframe

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    Grigory Sokolov at the Concertgebouw in 2011, after playing encores for an hour.
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    My Dad had stories from low double digit "curtains" at a local opera in the 1960s which must amount to around 30 min, if one allows about 2-3 min for the ensemble to enter and leave for each curtain.

    I didn't time the longest I witnessed and I am not a regular attendant anymore but it was Gulda in Berlin ca. 1994 or 95. The concert was not that long overall (Beethoven op.13 (I think, not even sure), op. 110 and 111) and Gulda was already a bit frail. I am not sure about all the details but between periods of long and enthusiastic applause he played one or two P&F from WTC as encore (I am sure about the Ab major), then the finale from Mozart's last piano sonata, then he launched into the Meistersinger prelude but I think he did not play a whole piano version of it, finally he started improvising some of his crazy Viennese stuff and maybe sang to it. It was hilarious and the playing had also been great, esp. op.111 and the Mozart encore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VoiceFromTheEther View Post
    That's amazing! But 35 minutes... man, one could fit entire Beethoven's 5th as an encore in that timeframe
    Wait. Are you sure that wasn't a John Cage piece?

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    I don't know. but I know the longest encore. At an Elly Ameling recital they had engaged Gervase de Peyer to play clarinet expressly for Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen. They played it last, and repeated it for an encore so they got their money's worth from de Peyer. :-)

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    The most extraordinary concert I was ever a part of and the most vociferous, long-lasting applause was some 40 years ago when the Flagstaff Symphony had the audacity to put on the Mahler 2nd. For a bunch of semi-pro and amateurs in a (at that time) small mountain town was quite a challenge, but we rose to it. I will never forget the ending - when the choir had its last word, the audience went nuts - even with a minute or so of music left. They were clapping, cheering...you could hear them over the orchestra. When the orchestra finished the roar of the crowd rose to an astonishing level. People were standing on their seats. The applause ans cheering went on for a good 10 minutes. Conductor and soloists took curtain call after curtain call. Of course there was no encore. The conductor finally had to grab the hand of the concert master and lead her off the stage to get the audience to stop and leave. About 10 minutes - my record.
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    My senior horn recital at university...they were clapping because I stopped.

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    I find it amusing when iTunes sells 5 minutes of applause as a separate track. Meanwhile, at least one of the actual movements is listed as "album only," due to exceeding 10 minutes in length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    The most extraordinary concert I was ever a part of and the most vociferous, long-lasting applause was some 40 years ago when the Flagstaff Symphony had the audacity to put on the Mahler 2nd. For a bunch of semi-pro and amateurs in a (at that time) small mountain town was quite a challenge, but we rose to it. I will never forget the ending - when the choir had its last word, the audience went nuts - even with a minute or so of music left. They were clapping, cheering...you could hear them over the orchestra. When the orchestra finished the roar of the crowd rose to an astonishing level. People were standing on their seats. The applause ans cheering went on for a good 10 minutes. Conductor and soloists took curtain call after curtain call. Of course there was no encore. The conductor finally had to grab the hand of the concert master and lead her off the stage to get the audience to stop and leave. About 10 minutes - my record.
    At an arts center I worked for a similarly semi-pro ensemble tried to pull off a Mahler 2nd, but by an accident of fate, it was the same night as the first moon landing and a number of ticket-holders chose the moon over Mahler. The conductor was so irrationally ripped at the empty seats, that he demanded the publicist be fired. :-)

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    Bernard Haitink in Rotterdam conducting Mahler 2 with the Rotterdam Phliharmonic. must have been 45 minutes at least .
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    I hope they didn't accidentally leave the applause sign lit up https://coloradopeakpolitics.com/wp-...3/applause.jpg

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    Not a Mahler here , a Shostakovich... 7th Symphony... LPO with Kurt Masur at the Royal Festival Hall , South Bank Center in, I believe, 2004

    A fantastic experience

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    Last Saturday Oct 16 John Williams, almost 90 years old, led the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time, in a concert of his own works. Orchestra members expressed their fondness for Williams and his music in individual interviews. Williams returned the feeling and called Berlin the greatest orchestra in the world. They sure sounded like it, it was a beautiful concert that brought out the classical aspects of the mostly familiar cinematic pieces.

    It is customary for the orchestra to leave the stage and the conductor to take a solo bow at the end of a Berlin concert. The enthusiastic applause at the end of this concert lasted over 10 minutes as the crowd tried to coax Williams to come back one last time, which he never did. Perhaps he felt the orchestra was an equal partner and he did not merit solo recognition.
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