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Mark Padmore, Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore Hall review - direct and uncompromising Schubert

Gavin Dixon

Expectations ran high for Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida in Winterreise.

The Prince of Nothingwood review - come for the man, stay for the country

Owen Richards

In the most unlikely of places, there is one of the world’s most prolific directors.

Chineke! Ensemble, RNCM, Manchester review -...

Robert Beale

The Chineke! Orchestra has won golden opinions for its ground-breaking work and musical achievement, and Manchester caught up to the extent of a...

Salonen conducts Sibelius, RFH/Oramo conducts...

David Nice

After Sakari Oramo's dazzling Sibelius rattlebag with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the centenary day of Finnish independence, things weren't looking...

Cell Mates, Hampstead Theatre review - intriguing...

Matt Wolf

The play that famously got away when one of its stars (quite literally) jumped ship is back. In 1995, Stephen Fry abandoned the West End premiere of...

From Life, Royal Academy review - perplexingly aimless

Florence Hallett

Working from casts and life models has been instrumental in defining Western painting

Capuçon, BBCPO, Mena, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - awesome unity

Robert Beale

A UK premiere for Shchedrin plus two Shostakovich masterpieces

Blue Planet II, BBC One review - just how fragile?

Katherine Waters

Spectacle and storytelling combine into an urgent plea for our oceans’ health

Jack and the Beanstalk, Lyric Hammersmith review - great fun for all ages

Veronica Lee

A fresh and inventive reworking

Rachel Hewitt: A Revolution of Feeling review - from passions to emotions

Katherine Waters

Turmoil and -isms: the study of a decade of disappointed hopes

Reissue CDs Weekly: Pentangle

Kieron Tyler

Bonus-stuffed complete-works box set dedicated to Britain’s important musical boundary pushers

Robert Plant, Royal Albert Hall review - the voice remains the same

Ralph Moore

Led Zeppelin frontman and his Sensational Space Shifters are joyously joined by Chrissie Hynde

Stronger review - Oscar-worthy straight talk and tough love

Nick Hasted

Jake Gyllenhaal as a Boston Marathon bomb non-victim, in superb romance

The Box of Delights, Wilton's Music Hall review - children's classic novel transferred to stage

Saskia Baron

Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle provide double the value in John Masefield classic

Brigsby Bear review - the healing power of fantasy

Adam Sweeting

Tale of boy and imaginary bear is unexpectedly upbeat

The Crown, Series 2, Netflix review - all our yesterdays, cunningly rewritten

Adam Sweeting

Private passions and public crises batter the royal household

Johnston, BBCSO, Oramo, Barbican review - sheer adrenalin in early Sibelius

David Nice

Perfect salute to the Finnish independence centenary includes a vital UK premiere

La Soirée, Aldwych Theatre review - flickers of brilliance in a patchy evening

Laura De Lisle

The West End run of the cabaret variety show has everything but variety

Menashe review - Yiddish-language film with a heart of gold

Saskia Baron

Warm and vivid family drama set within the reclusive Orthodox Jewish community

The Melting Pot, Finborough Theatre review - entertaining morals

Katherine Waters

New York refugee drama confronts anti-semitism with humour and heart

The Nutcracker, Royal Ballet review - superb start to the festive dance season

Jenny Gilbert

Tchaikovsky's grand and gorgeous classic gets the five-star treatment

Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory review - a big, blowsy spectacle

Veronica Lee

Energetic retelling of the showman's story

Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Wigmore Hall review - lyrical Brahms from veteran duo

Gavin Dixon

The great German's three violin sonatas shine in elegant and songful readings

Parliament Square, Bush Theatre, review – uncomfortable blaze of anger

Aleks Sierz

New drama about political extremism is brilliantly written – mostly

theartsdesk on Vinyl 34: Trent Reznor, Shpongle, Roni Size, Willie Nelson and more

Thomas H Green

The widest-ranging record reviews on this or any other planet

Human Flow review - two hours of human misery

Sarah Kent

A film that needed to be made, but do we want to heed its message?

Dear Brutus, Southwark Playhouse review - a judicious mix of comedy and sadness

Heather Neill

Barrie’s grown-up fantasy gets a welcome centenary revival

Howards End finale, BBC One review - who isn't going to miss the Schlegel sisters?

Jasper Rees

Action-packed sprint to the finish for EM Forster's novel about class and gender

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Royal Opera review - one tenor, two samey brutes

David Nice

Bryan Hymel's strong-man double-act outshone by Elīna Garanča's Santuzza

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