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  • Cape Cod says:

    Refarding the new format as read on an iPhone:

    1. Typefaces are easier to read
    2.. Content & Comments appear in a long, narrow column (2-4 wirds wide), making reading on an iphone difficult, and resulting in seemingly endless scrolling


  • Marg says:

    I dont see where you can choose whether or not you want to receive emails about further comments on a post you have commented on. Sometimes I like to read what others have said, and other times I make my comment but am not interested in follow up comments.

    • Leslie Austin says:

      When you write anything you have to accept there is always someone who will come back either to or at you so what have you got to hide?

  • Sixtus says:

    The choice font and spacing in the redesign produces comments that in many instances, especially in comments on comments, consist of many lines containing only one or two words when displayed on a cellphone, both Android and iOS. With such a layout the use of paragraphs or line spacing in a comment becomes fruitless. All this makes the comments extremely hard to read and is intolerable.

  • BillG says:

    I do miss the scrolling banner at the bottom with links to other articles in other venues.

  • I usually access the site via the RSS feed via Feedly. For the last six days or so – probably since the redesign – this hasn’t worked. It would be great for me (and others) if the RSS feed could be reinstated.

  • Marg says:

    Im not happy that I now get no notification of other comments. I made a comment on one of Anthea Kreston’s diary postings and she responded … Ive only just seen her response because I went back and pulled up that diary posting. Are you going to restore that function where we get emails about later comments after the ones we make?

  • lyricanon says:

    hopefully you will see this – there are several comments on your ABOUT page regarding the lack of a RSS Feed in this new format. many of us read via feedly or other news readers… a working RSS Feed is usually default for any blog. please check with your web designer to see that they restore it. unless you want to lose those of us who use rss feeds.

  • Katherine says:

    How are we to subscribe?

  • Derek says:


    I find the new site less user friendly.
    I am frequently asked to select continuing to the site for many entries.
    I have had “virus like” interruptions on two occasions with messages saying that windows 10 is outdated and will close down in x seconds.(unique to this site).
    I suspect that you are getting less traffic and definitely fewer comments and interest. Certainly, I am being put off visiting.

    I am giving this feedback with the best of intentions and I hope it is helpful.

    Regards, Derek

  • Mark says:

    I no longer get the email alerts, would i be possible to reinstate this please?

  • Teddy says:

    Hi! Yes, we please need the RRS feed again to be able to follow! Thanks!

  • Ian says:

    Big shame the RSS feed no longer works – means I no longer get to see the site on a regular basis.

  • southern gal says:

    wonder if anyone is reading this page… many comments about the RSS feed not enabled and other things… its annoying and driving readers away.

  • Sarah says:

    Why do I no longer receive email posts from Slipped Disc? How can I re-subscribe? I see nothing about this on the website.

  • sarah says:

    how can i re-subscribe to the email list?

  • Michael Corden says:

    Seeing no place to register, this is a test on whether an unregistered visitor can comment.

  • Halpert Marta says:

    please put me on your mailing list:

  • JvZ says:

    Yes, great idea, Curtis should install cameras to catch the perpetrators! Either increase tuition fees or use funding from the student scholarship funds, lets see who complains about collective punishment then! Vandalism is collective punishment as school facilities are provided for all. Let us get this straight, those responsible for vandalizing the facilities are the ones dealing out punishment, not the school authorities trying to protect their property and reacting to the property damage.

  • Can you add to pianist’s my mentor and teacher, Russian-American, Alexander Borovsky (1889-1968)?
    See his website

  • Barry says:

    Chung has cancelled his Philadelphia appearance next week for a rather unusual stated reason. Here is the message from the Orchestra:

    ” Myung-Whun Chung Cancellation Announcement

    Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe have graciously agreed to lead The Philadelphia Orchestra’s April 25-27 concerts. Yannick will conduct April 25 and 27, and Kensho will conduct April 26. They replace Maestro Chung who was unable to obtain his visa due to rehearsal and concert schedule conflicts in Europe.

    The program, which remains unchanged, includes Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Jonathan Biss, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”). “

  • Patricia Yeiser says:

    Is there no way to get Slipped Disc as a monthly email?

  • Brettermeier says:

    The logo on top is broken if you scroll down the page.

  • Peter says:

    Placido Domingo has sadly (partially) cancelled his Semperoper debut in Dresden tonight, having withdrawn at the intermission of Nabucco due to the flu.
    Wishing him a speedy recovery (?)
    Markus Marquardt sang from side stage while I do not recall who has played the role on stage… pretty big impression for the German audiences here in Saxony, not sure if a good one.

  • Brettermeier says:

    The “the site is scrolled down top menu” is still missing the logo.


    1. Scroll down
    2. Look at the menu bar
    3. See that the logo missing

  • As of today (19/7/19) some of the images on the home page are being blanked and replaced by messages saying “Stop – This image was hotlinked”. The webmaster needs to look at this and take preventative steps (eg, as detailed here: ).



  • George says:

    Hi Norman,
    any chance a Username can only be used by one person? There’s another “George” commenting since a few weeks, and it feels strange to have another person with the same username but completely different views.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Olivier says:

    Hi! Yes, we please need the RRS feed again to be able to follow! Thanks!

  • Marshall says:

    Mr. Lebrecht

    How about something about the passing of George Steiner? Yes, primarily a literary man, but a great lover of our music, and always included great music as part of the Western tradition. He also had some of the most perceptive remarks about Wagner (I know not your favorite)-I’ll never forget his comment about Tristan, etc.


  • Marcangelo says:

    Love this! Just found it this morning.

  • R o x says:

    Reinbert de Leeuw died yesterday, gotten already the announcement on the NOS news site, later on followed by not one but two obituaries.
    On Slipped Disc nothing, zero, zilch.

  • Virginia says:

    Such a bullshit article about Yuja Wang wearing sunglasses at the concert and not connecting to the audience. I don’t know if you know that back story or not, but she is a human being. Performing a tour and keep the music fresh and sensational is already a very hard job to do, you have no right to criticize unless you have done it yourself. She is a human being, being detained at an airport shaken her up to the core. She is trying to be professional and not canceling the concert in the last minute. You are such a shame!

  • Annie says:

    How can we sign up for email blasts?

  • Norman Smith says:

    I have been receiving Slipped Disc every day for a long while. But I have not received Slipped Disc for the last 10 days. I now realize that I think this coincides with the introduction of the new format. Can you please add my contact details to your mailing list.

    Thank you.

  • Beverly Abramson says:

    Thank you. Extraordinary

  • DAS says:

    How can you possibly say the Mahler cycle was announced today? Gramaphone reported it October 2019. The tickets went on sale October last year (I purchased on the 20/10/19) and it is practically sold out. Hardly the latest news on 6 months later

  • Pat Tatum says:

    The Cincinnati Opera has cancelled the 2020 season.

  • Julia Maxa says:

    Hi, Unfortunately I can’t find anywhere an option to sign up for newsletters. Based on the comments above it is possible to receive newsletters/ alerts about new posts. Would really appreciate if you can add me to the list. Many thanks!

  • Sanda Schuldmann says:

    Dear Norman,
    I thought you may want to do a little piece on Joel Revzen

  • Brian L says:

    Ariosi artists agency in big trouble:

    Asides Torino, now also Verona is under the microscope having showed preferential treatment to Ariosi agency…

    And when we thought we only have Corona…

  • I used to receive a daily email with the latest news – I miss that possibility – is there a way to sign up for that again?

  • Moira S says:

    Read your very interesting article about the Southbank Centre in the Spectator and clearly they are not as near to broke as they are making out to be:

  • Clayre Haft says:

    Was introduced to your site today . Magical ……I needed this so badly right now .

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