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Slipped Disc’s biggest stories in a year of 5.2 million readers

It’s that time of year again.

Analysing the news that we have broken or shared over the last 12 months, we find two major exclusives that drew more than 200,000 readers each – the sign of a growing, global community. In 2012, Slipped Disc served 5.2 million readers, a daily average of well over 14,000.

But the content is the thing. What do you think were the year’s biggest circulation magnets?

Was it the demotion of a New York Times critic?


The premature retirement of a much-loved baritone?

The tragic death of a young pianist?


Turmoil in the Vienna Philharmonic?

The man whose cellphone went off in the middle of Mahler’s 9th?

Bedlam in Bayreuth?


None of the above?

Do share your favourites.

All will be revealed on New Year’s Eve.


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  1. I’m going to make a guess that there were 2 circulation magnets:
    1) The threads about Ms Jackie Evancho (which I personally avoid reading…)
    2) Valentina Lisitsa – and her wonderfully successful year of activities – here’s hoping 2013 is equally rewarding for her.

  2. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    “Orchestras in the USA,” all lumped together, wins by a kilometer.

  3. Certainly the Bayreuth tattoo scandal and the Kozinn thread must rank near or at the top. Perhaps in addition to the Vienna Phil thread, the threads about the ASO, also?

  4. I’m going to guess it was the Kozinn article — did anyone ever get to the bottom of what happened?

    • Groucho, go back and have a look at the reader comments on that story. Allan’s wife posted several times with the story from her vantage point.

  5. Petros LInardos says:

    Sadly, I think that the postings on Jackie Evancho were the biggest comment magnets.

  6. David Hardie says:

    I’ll second Robert Fitzpatrick’s comment above.

    Labour troubles in US orchestras.

    I’m just astounded by the lack of professionalism that permeates these stories.

    They are a great case of how not to manage an orchestra and should serve as a warning to us all.

  7. Rosana Martins says:

    I tend to agree with Groucho that it must have been the article about the demotion of Kozinn from the New York Times.
    There were also quite a few letters about the Tonhalle having engaged Lionel Bringuier… Great idea of the Swiss!

  8. I liked everything about Lynn Harrell’s cello and every other travel related cello story. And I don’t even play the cello! Who knew that cellos were being barred from receiving frequent flier points and the ordeals famous cellists endure to travel with their instruments? It’s a whole classical music subculture that I had no idea existed!

  9. Nikitin was de-invited from Bayreuth because of the swastika tattoo, or previous partially covered swastika tattoo or whatever that was. That had nothing to do with “racially-motivated discrimination”. If it had, they wouldn’t have invited him in the first place.
    Given the hysteria that still surrounds the subject, they had no other choice. Imagine what would have happened if they had let him sing. People would have cried out “Russian Nazi sings in Bayreuth!”
    You would probably have been among the first to do so.

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