Audiences Whoop At The Tchaikovsky

The best thing about the Tchaikovsky competition isn’t the jaw-dropping musical talent on show in all four disciplines of piano, violin, cello and voice. No: the best thing about the competition in both Moscow and St Petersburg is the audience, one of the most interactive, involved and opinionated groups of music lovers anywhere. It’s a little like being at a midnight horror flick at an old Times Square movie house, only wrong notes, not in-danger nymphets, are what cause the screams.

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