Schweiz Ahoy

I’m off to the Verbier Festival tomorrow for a few days of intensive listening, reviewing and interviewing at the top of a Swiss mountain. Hoping to arrive in time to hear Kissin play a Chopin concerto followed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet in the Messiaen Turagalila Symphony, and, the next night, the Nuit des Pianistes in which eight or ten of the world’s…well, you get the idea.

If my temperamental old laptop deigns to connect to any available WiFi, I’ll blog the trip. If not, will report back on my return.

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens