Has talking before each piece taken the mojo out of a performance? I know from personal experience that in the past few seasons I’ve found myself wishing that the conductor would wrap it up and get to the music. On other occasions, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to what a conductor has to say, regardless of how long he or she takes. However, The Partial Observer published an article by Holly Mulcahy that examines the issue from an intriguing perspective, one which asks whether presenting an interpretation during a pre-performance talk can rob a listener of their own perceptive. It left me wondering if efforts to reach out to listeners can actually turn some away.