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David Nice
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Two quirky concertos – one for orchestra, though it might also be called a sinfonietta – and a big symphony: best of British but, more important, international and world class....
David Kettle
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
"I feel I owe you an explanation." That much James Thierrée concedes partway through his sprawling, freewheeling, dream-like, hallucinatory Room in Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre. By...
Cyrille Dubois
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
The year 2024 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of the phenomenal Gabriel Fauré. For Tristan Raës and me, who have been exploring the repertoire of French art...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Randy Feltface, Assembly George Square ★★★★ Despite being made of felt, with a gash for a mouth and two googly eyes, Randy Feltface (always seen in the vicinity of Heath...
Christopher Lambton
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
It is quite some years, if not decades, since the Edinburgh Interntional Festival had any claim to be a festival of staged opera. This year we have had just one – Garsington Opera...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Buster Keaton made his name in a series of two-reel shorts made from 1917 onwards; The Saphead, from 1920, was his first starring role in a feature film.It’s in no way...
David Nice
Monday, 15 August 2022
“Variety is the spice of life! Vive la difference!,” chirrups the ensemble at the end of this giddying double bill. And...
Helen Hawkins
Monday, 15 August 2022
The gifted writer-director Stefan Golaszewski (Him and Her, Mum) has surpassed himself with his latest drama series,...
Juliette Bretan
Monday, 15 August 2022
The businessman in Heinrich Maria Davringhausen’s Der Schieber (The Profiteer), 1920-1921 sits several floors above the city...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 15 August 2022
Ania Magliano, Pleasance Courtyard ★★★★Ania Magliano is debuting at the Fringe with Absolutely No Worries If Not, an...
Simon Thompson
Monday, 15 August 2022
What happens when great musicians play weak music? I couldn’t help but think about that while I listened to the musicians of...
Tim Cumming
Monday, 15 August 2022
Celebrating, if that is the right word, his 75th year, Loudon Wainwright III offers us his 26th studio album in 52...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 14 August 2022
“Telstar” was released 60 years ago this week. On 17 August 1962, British record buyers could purchase the second single by...
David Kettle
Saturday, 13 August 2022
First, a bit of housekeeping. Maybe it was the three-and-a-half-hour duration, or maybe the unfamiliar Sri Lankan subject...
David Nice
Saturday, 13 August 2022
Klaus Mäkelä, 26-year old chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris, lined up for the same role at the...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 13 August 2022
Sara Barron, Pleasance Courtyard ★★★★Sara Barron is known for her no-holds-barred comedy style – or “American...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 13 August 2022
 Fauré: Complete Songs Cyrille Dubois (tenor), Tristan Raës (piano) (Aparté/ Palazzetto Bru Zane)Forget streaming. Go...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 13 August 2022
Cass McCombs has something of the detailed, opaque depth of his late peer Jason Molina, with more taste for pop shapes under...
Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 12 August 2022
Proper music tells stories just about itself, the stern pedagogues insist; it doesn’t (or anyway shouldn’t) paint...

★★★★ CASS MCCOMBS - HEARTMIND A beloved American singer-songwriter honours his dead

★★★★★ PROM 35, WANG, OSLO PHILHARMONIC, MÄKELÄ Fantasy and briliance

★★★★ RUSALKA, EIF 2022 Total triumph for replacement water-nymph Elin Pritchard

★★★★★ COUNTING AND CRACKING, EIF 2022 Ambitious, powerful, but sadly under-attended

ANIA MAGLIANO / LEO REICH / CHLOE PETTS Bisexuality, a stunning debut, and acting like a lad

★★★★★ MARRIAGE, BBC ONE A brilliantly executed drama series with a big heart

disc of the day

Blu-ray: The Saphead

Buster Keaton's intermittently entertaining feature debut, with enticing extras


Marriage, BBC One review - a brilliantly executed drama series with a big heart

Nicola Walker and Sean Bean triumph as a couple in a marital minefield

Murder in Provence, ITV review - a little light sleuthing amid fabulous French scenery

Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll make an urbane crime-solving duo


Blu-ray: The Saphead

Buster Keaton's intermittently entertaining feature debut, with enticing extras

Eiffel review - sensuous secret history

Concocted romance gives the Eiffel Tower shaky but lavishly entertaining foundations

Nope review - more a nope than a yep

Jordan Peele fails to reach his own extremely high bar, with this so-so genre mashup

new music

Album: Loudon Wainwright III - Lifetime Achievement

Give him the cup: Loudon Wainwright marks his 75th year with his 26th studio album

Music Reissues Weekly: The Telstar Story, The Heinz Sessions Vol. 1

Bounteous yield from Joe Meek’s for-real legendary ‘Tea Chest Tapes’

Album: Cass McCombs - Heartmind

Lightly worn, lilting beauty as a beloved American singer-songwriter honours his dead


Prom 39, Hartwig, BBCSO, Oramo review - bright and breezy followed by a curate's egg

Turnage and Vaughan Williams scintillate, but the soul of Elgar remains out of reach

First Person: tenor Cyrille Dubois on recording all Fauré's songs

Chapter and verse on a fascinating project, already much acclaimed here


Salome, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner, Edinburgh International Festival 2022 review - orchestral majesty triumphs

Malin Byström offers presence and power as Strauss and Wilde's sex-crazed princess

La Voix humaine/Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Glyndebourne review - phantasmagorical wonders

Visual and aural beauty, strong performances, in a stunning double-bill from Laurent Pelly


Room, Edinburgh International Festival 2022 review - decadent, extravagant, and somewhat mystifying
James Thierrée joyfully collides together dance, mime, acrobatics, music and more - but what does it all mean?
Counting and Cracking, Edinburgh International Festival 2022 review - ambitious, powerful, but sadly under-attended
A multi-layered, multi-generational theatrical epic is one of this year's stand-out offerings
Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Temping / Work.txt
Two performer-less shows on the theme of work set the audience to - well, work


theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival 2022 - body and soul in perfect balance

Completion of the city’s big Dante project with 'Paradiso' is only one of three wonders

The Rite of Spring, Pina Bausch/École des Sables, Sadler's Wells review - explosive and disturbing

At last, the pan-African production of Bausch's landmark choreography arrives on the London stage

The Car Man, Royal Albert Hall review - grand scale drama and decadence

An explosive restaging of the original dance drama


Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Randy Feltface / Sarah Keyworth / Andrew Maxwell

A puppet tells it like it is, an outbreak of silliness and political gags

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Ania Magliano / Leo Reich / Chloe Petts

Bisexuality, a stunning debut, and acting like a lad

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Sara Barron / Jayde Adams / Sophie Duker

Scathing judgments, expressive dance and lesbian cruises


Amalie Smith: Thread Ripper review - the tangled web we weave

AI meets Penelope meets Ada Lovelace in this meditation on text, tissue and textile

Phoebe Power: Book of Days review - the clack of walking poles, the clink of scallop shell

Powerful poems of pilgrimage, loss and belonging along the Camino de Santiago

Jessie Burton: The House of Fortune review - a muted, sensitive sequel

The ghosts gather as the miniaturist returns in Burton’s latest instalment


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