The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (158): Strictly for berth holders

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (158): Strictly for berth holders


norman lebrecht

August 20, 2020

On a walk around the marina in Exmouth this week I read a sign saying ‘Berth holders only’ and I thought how much my dear friend Berthold Goldschmidt would have laughed.

Berthold, who died in 1996 at the age of 93, enjoyed stupendous success in the last decade of his life, after suffering half a century of oblivion. His entire works were recorded, mostly on Decca, and performed around the world.

In the last few years I haven’t heard much of them and, walking around the marina, I realised how much I missed him – and his music.

BG with Decca producer Michael Haas


  • He reminds me of my grandfather Hans Winterberg, who was also long forgotten. I remember a wonderful interview with him on YouTube where he talks about his work.

  • challenges says:

    what’s the joke? in a marina it’s a sensible sign

  • John Borstlap says:

    As long as concert life is considered a business to serve an indifferent clientèle, programmers will just continue to repeat the common fare. There is a wide range of interesting and compelling music out there, but laziness, indifference, ignorance and a suicidal theory of music history – created in the last century – hinder rejuvenation of music culture.

    This beautiful (and not ‘easy’) concerto is a good example of the riches awaiting more intelligent generations.

    Maybe the coronie will help some overdue reconsideration of programming.

  • E says:

    What a lovely piece. The photo is lovely too, and reminds me of forest paths I have taken. Even looking at this calms the soul.