The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (87): What music gives back

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (87): What music gives back


norman lebrecht

June 10, 2020

Dame Sarah Connolly, who has been fighting back at cancer, yesterday addressed Schubert’s Ode to Music with a rare gratitude.


  • Nik says:

    A very special and beautiful moment. Thank you, Dame Sarah, and best wishes!

  • Nick says:

    Wonderful, thank you, raising a caipirinha to you with love.

  • Sean says:

    Lovely, and all good wishes to her.

  • Gustavo says:


    That should become the new standard for performances of Lieder in viral times.

    No masks, no social distancing, no fuss.

    Just music.

    Thank you!

  • great artistry says:

    how wonderful. what a great artist she is !

  • Una says:

    Typical of Sarah, always generous. Wir danke dir!

  • Tribonian says:

    A wonderful video. Best wishes to Dame Sarah for a full recovery.

  • Nijinsky says:

    Thank You Dame Sara, and it is Die Holde Kunst. Your song spent time with me, doing what music does in various different “places” where it rests to find vibration, and be music. And that’s that. Thank you.

    In fact it will stay with me forever. Nothing can destroy that. The sun will soon come up and the birds will have snuck it in between the keys, I think.

  • yujafan says:

    Cancer is so cruel

  • We need Sarah Connolly.

  • Stephen Diviani says:

    Thank you for posting this. And sincere best wishes to Dame Sarah for a full recovery – looking forward to seeing her at the Wigmore on September 30!

  • Edgar Self says:

    With thanks and every good wish from over the hills and far away, Dame Sarah. “An die Musik” is such a comfort, like a blessing on the house, and lightens many grey hours. You join the grand roster of its unforgettable ingers … Lotte lehmann, FiDi, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with Edwin Fischer, everybody with Gerald Moore, even Gerald himself. You were already there.

    I think the words are by Schubert’s young friend, is it Schober? No mttter; they are true: the holy art, the higher Akkord, the better world, affirming that life without music would be a mistake. A thousand thanks, and when you’ve a mind to, please return to your piano and sing us something else.

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  • christopher storey says:

    Beautifully sung, and beautifully played as well

  • rustier spoon says:

    …and wishing you a very Happy Birthday on Saturday, Sarah. So many wonderful memories of working with you in the BBCSO…

  • Clarrieu says:

    What a noble and beautiful attitude towards life and music ! Are you watching, French Cellist?

  • E says:

    Dame Sarah, This is beautiful, from the first loving glance at the keyboard, to the moment when you reach towards the camera, and by extension, towards us. Such grace, such artistry.
    A model for how human beings can be. Thank you, thank you, and best wishes!

  • Ruth Drucker says:

    So very beautiful- and truly music -Lieder, chamber music etc – is what has kept me alive since staying inside from March 10 to now! How fortunate we are to have that!

  • Tiredofitall says:

    In addition to wishing Dame Sarah all the very best, I just want to add that this is an example of how very good at-home transmissions can be. Thank you, Dame Sarah.

  • Bruce says:

    Lovely. Thank you.

  • Gus says:

    A great artiste with the incomparable Schubert, thank you Dame Sarah.

  • Edgar Self says:

    And a very happy birthday tomorrow! Wir danke dir, Dame Sarah, or as Beethoven has it in his beautiful “Andenken”, “Ich denke dein.”

  • Dame Anne Evans says:

    Brava, Sarah

    With much love, Anne

  • Edgar Self says:

    A word too for the good clear German diction, a rarity from any singer. Dame Maggie Teyte terrified her students by sitting out front at their rehearsals and sweetly enquiring, “Whattt langwidge arrrr you singgingg?” With Dame Sarah, I could note down the words. I also admire her poetic and heartfelt accompaniment. What a lovely song it is.