The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (163): Also by Thomas Arne

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (163): Also by Thomas Arne


norman lebrecht

August 25, 2020

Here’s one that hasn’t yet been banned by the BBC



  • Patricia says:

    And then there is Arne’s “Rise, Glory Rise,” from Alfred. That should set their hair on fire.

  • John Salter says:

    Heavens, Norman, for goodness sake, give the BBC a break!

    • M McAlpine says:

      Why? They never give anyone else a break! Pity the government doesn’t give everyone a break from the BBC.

    • Maria says:

      Why, John? It’s not Norman standing up for justice, but Aunty spineless. Bring back our own Sarah Connelly to sing those offending songs and Andrew Davis to conduct, and a bit of jazz! She did a fantastic job a few years ago, and he knows the culture inside out!

  • M McAlpine says:

    I am sure that some woke person from the BBC will come up with a reason to ban it!

  • Edgar Self says:

    Sound the trumpet! Sound an alarm! If only Margaret Ritchie were here when we need her, but Emma Kirkby is a practised artificer.

  • E says:

    Sweet and transparant. Thank you for posting.
    (Lady Sarah Connelly singing the original of Rule, Britannia costumed as Nelson was a special treat, too.)

  • Old Man Yells at Cloud says:

    163 comfort zones? Maybe could we have something a trifle challenging for a change? They played contemporary music during the war, you know.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Beautiful aria.

    Arne was übersensitive to non-musical sounds, complaining in a letter of the ‘rattling dissonances of unholy carriages’ in the streets of London, and had therefore special wigs constructed with sound-blocking padding at the inside, as can be seen in the picture above.