sun 23/07/2017

Reviews

Reissue CDs Weekly: Ramones

Kieron Tyler

Production gloss and deliberation are not notions immediately springing to mind while pondering the 1976-era Ramones. Even so, this new edition of their second album, the ever-wonderful Leave Home, reveals that careful consideration was given to how they presented themselves on record.

Prom 9 review: Fidelio, BBCPO, Mena - classy prison drama rarely blazes

David Nice

What a pity Beethoven never composed an appendage to Fidelio called The Sorrows of Young Marzelline. One crucial moment apart, the music he gives to his second soprano in his only opera isn't his best, but Louise Alder so lived the role of the gaoler's daughter in love with a woman disguised as a man that everything else felt rather less intense. It's only fair to say that there were other singers facing bigger challenges very stylishly, for the most part, but neither they nor the BBC...

Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie, Barbican review...

Sarah Kent

Two performers rush down the stairs and sweep through the audience, their designer outfits splaying out as they speed elegantly around the gallery...

It's So Easy and Other Lies, Sky Arts review...

Barney Harsent

Duff McKagan is a survivor. He’s a bass player too, from the fledgling Seattle punk/proto-grunge outfit 10 Minute Warning to the stadium-filling...

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe...

Alexandra Coghlan

When I say that Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado is revolutionary I’m not talking about the many textual updatings and rewritings, not the lashings of PJ...

Dunkirk review - old-fashioned filmmaking on the grandest scale

Jasper Rees

Christopher Nolan's evacuation epic lets Spitfires and 'Nimrod' do the talking

Prom 7 review: Weilerstein, BBCSO, Weilerstein - new cello concerto enthrals

Alexandra Coghlan

Controlled performances struggle to find their release in this striking programme

Prom 6: Benedetti, BBC NOW, Søndergård - dazzling violin magic

Gavin Dixon

Benedetti shines, Søndergård intrigues, but orchestra disappoints

City of Ghosts review - chilling but inspiring report on Syria's citizen journalists

David Kettle

Quietly masterful and harrowing documentary on undercover reportage in Raqqa

Dessert, Southwark Playhouse review - undercooked and overwrought

Matt Wolf

Oliver Cotton's new play, directed by Trevor Nunn, begins well before succumbing to absurdity and hysteria

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond, Modern Art Oxford review - revelation and delight

Sarah Kent

First posthumous show of an influential but little-known artist

Fearless, Series Finale, ITV review - big build-up to an anticlimax

Adam Sweeting

Fearless human rights lawyer battles increasingly improbable conspiracy

Game of Thrones, Series 7, Sky Atlantic review – slow, but it's just the beginning

Adam Sweeting

The fate of the Seven Kingdoms is hanging in the balance

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, Royal Opera review - vocal promise, poor stagecraft

David Nice

Four standouts in a fine line-up which needed help with movements and gestures

I Know Who You Are, BBC Four review - preposterous but hypnotic

Jasper Rees

Involving Spanish legal drama flouts the concept of conflict of interest

Prom 3: Faust, COE, Haitink - Europeans tread air under 88-year-old master

David Nice

Sheer perfection and personality in Mozart and Schumann

David Lynch: The Art Life review - authentic and revealing

David Kettle

Candid doc charts Lynch's early years, and how his visual art morphed into film

A Tale of Two Cities, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre review - it was the longest of times

Susan Sheahan

Dickens adaptation succumbs to the didactic

Katya Kabanova, Opera Holland Park review - clarity and pace in Janáček's Volga tragedy

Gavin Dixon

Well-cast ensemble delivers intense and claustrophobic music-drama

Sarah Hall: Madame Zero review – eerie tales of calamity and change

Boyd Tonkin

Take a walk on the wild sides of the mind, and the world

Reissue CDs Weekly: Anne Briggs

Kieron Tyler

The intense British folk classic 'The Time Has Come' hits the racks, again

Prom 1 review: Levit, BBCSO, Gardner - fizzing Adams finally ignites mixed First Night

Bernard Hughes

Controlled premiere and subdued Beethoven redeemed by a choral blockbuster

El-Khoury, Spyres, Hallé, Rizzi, Cadogan Hall review - bel canto lives again

David Nice

A fine soprano, tenor and conductor serve up true style in early 19th-century rarities

Orange Is the New Black, Season 5, Netflix review - counterpoint in a three-day prison riot

David Nice

Jenji Kohan's drama narrows the time span but enriches its characters and storylines

The Beguiled review - silly but seriously well-made

Matt Wolf

Colin Farrell puts the, um, cat amongst the pigeons in Sofia Coppola's Cannes prize-winner

The Magic Flute, Longborough Festival review - sparkling and moving

Stephen Walsh

Mozart's flute with a strong musical bias and not too much business

The Encounter, National Portrait Gallery review - dazzlingly evocative drawings

Florence Hallett

An unexpected glimpse inside the artists' studios of the past

Ke Ma, Wigmore Hall review - a debut of distinction

Peter Quantrill

A showcase for a young pianist, but Chopin's the jewel

Kozhukhin, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

David Nice

A self-love scene, a rehearsal-level concerto and weird Haydn don't quite add up

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