The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (191): Noel Coward’s Covid song

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (191): Noel Coward’s Covid song


norman lebrecht

September 25, 2020

Always good to sing the worse side of adversity.



  • fflambeau says:

    He looks horrid in that picture: 3/4 dead.

  • Maria says:

    Really made me laugh! Thank God for the British sense of humour that others across any strip of water from England just don’t get! Hurray, hurray, hurray! Thanks Norman.

  • E. says:

    Thanks for this . It started my day on a smile.

  • Jack Dean says:

    Sorry Norman, Sir Mark Elder got there before you in a recent BBC broadcast.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    I’ve always loved Noel Coward, and this clip is great! Thanks, Norman!
    fflambeau is right: the picture of him is not a good one. But I myself have never seen a good picture of Coward…. he must have been unphotogenic. (I have a cousin who is unphotogenic – she is absolutely gorgeous, but when she sees a camera she freaks out, and her face stiffens and morphs into that of Bette Davis in a bad mood.)

  • Edgar Self says:

    Remember Sir Noel in Graham Greene’s flick “Our Man inHavana”?

    Admired Swiss tenor Hugues Cuenod debuted in a Coward musical, and recorded a baritonal spiritual before moving on with Doda Conrad to Nadia Boulanger’s Monteverdi revival and Couperin le Grand’s “Lecons de Tenebris”, marked out by Schoenberg, Klemperer, and Stravinsky, who wrote a role for him in “Rake’s Progress” ijai he premiered with Schwarzkopf and Stravinsky at La Scala, where everyone got lost at least once. There’s a reccording.