Top 10 Slipped Disc stories of 2017

Top 10 Slipped Disc stories of 2017


norman lebrecht

December 31, 2017

1 Vienna Philharmonic principal suffers fatal heart attack

2 Kissin gets wed

Georgian musician with gender issues

4 Lara Bretan is a worry 

5 Principal oboe is killed by a car

6 Swiss physicist finds Chopin

7 Houston Grand Opera is under water

8 Eminent conductor collapses and dies

9 International cellist is grounded at Heathrow

10 Andre Rieu orchestra is in mourning

All good wishes for a happier 2018.


  • Steve says:

    Norman, I don’t know if these stories were pulled out by a program but stories 3 & 4 are from 2014, 2016 respectively. Happy 2018 to you too.

  • Larry says:

    “Top 10” how? Number of people reading them or something else?

    • steven holloway says:

      Most, arguably all, the items might suggest the list is of top tales for being of decidedly secondary, or tertiary, interest to those whose involvement in classical music follows a more serious vein. These are mostly ‘celeb’ stories, and the celebs not all in the top rank of the stardom now of such importance in the music biz.

  • Been Here Before says:

    Headless conductor in a topless bar?

  • Sue says:

    The Ottensamer death and that of Maestro Tate are the greatest losses by far in this musical line-up.

  • Rob says:

    I’d say the greatest loss in 2016 is the sale of Mahler’s manuscript of his 2nd symphony, in some auction. Never to be seen again. Where on earth did it go??!!??

  • Sharon says:

    I’m glad that James Levine and other scandals did not make the most read list. Although Mr Holloway suggests that the stories that did would be of “tertiary” interest to those who are seriously interested in classical music, at least they are not negative or scurrilous (did I spell that correctly?) Maybe classical music lovers are less attracted to that which is base than the average person.

    • Been Here Before says:

      I would guess that the Levine stories did not appear on the list is because they were posted in December (very late in the year). I am willing to bet that they will be placed close to the top on the next year’s list.

    • steven holloway says:

      You did indeed spell scurrilous correctly. ‘Tertiary’ means of the third level. Sorry for the tricky vocabulary.

  • V.Lind says:

    For me the biggest story of the classical music year was the death of Dmitri Hvorostovsky.