Pierre Boulez conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York in January  2010. Photograph: Richard Termine/The New York Times

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‘Applause between movements? Whenever I hear it, I welcome it, because I take it to mean that there’s someone in the hall who probably hasn’t been to a classical concert before.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

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