The tensest silence: Andris Nelsons and the CBSO astound at the BBC Proms

5*

Never have I experienced a silence so full of meaning. Neither have I experienced the audience at the Royal Albert Hall remaining so still. As the final, hushed words Requiescant in pace. Amen (May they rest in peace. Amen) died away, conductor Andris Nelsons held tightly onto the silence that followed. But this silence was not forced or used superficially to add meaning. It was the inevitable response of an audience moved by an extraordinarily sensitive performance. It was one of the longest held silences before applause, and one of the tensest and most meaningful moments I have ever felt.

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