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David Nice
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
How do they do it? Bach and Angela Hewitt, I mean, transfixing and focusing the audience in the Wigmore Hall – at home, too, hopefully, thanks to the livestreaming– through 13 and...
Liz Thomson
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
“Build the wall!” exhorted Trump, at rally after rally back in the days when we’d all acknowledged his moral repugnancy but still believed he could never attain the presidency....
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
This fifth feature from Claire Denis must surely be the director’s most sheerly concentrated film. Scaling back narrative and dialogue alike – story elucidation relies mainly on...
Olivia Fletcher
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Death in Her Hands was a forgotten manuscript, the product of a series of daily automatic writing exercises performed by Ottessa Moshfegh in 2015 and then set aside to marinade in...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 28 September 2020
The former slave, and coachman on a sugar plantation, began one of his early public proclamations in a typically defiant vein: “I am Toussaint Louverture, you have perhaps heard...
Daniel Lewis
Monday, 28 September 2020
Ian Williams’s writing is always in motion. For his 2012 poetry collection Personals, and since, he has composed little circular poems, similar (in style though not sentiment) to...
David Nice
Monday, 28 September 2020
Clearly it takes peculiar circumstances for some of us to hear the Academy of St Martin in the Fields within its eponymous...
Markie Robson-Scott
Monday, 28 September 2020
The Girls, Emma Cline’s acclaimed debut novel of 2016, was billed as a story based on the Manson murders. But in fact, like...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 28 September 2020
Alongside Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada were one of the last big acts to blossom from the 1990s boom in clubland and DJ...
Peter Quantrill
Sunday, 27 September 2020
Before his retirement last summer at the age of 90, Bernard Haitink worked magic on the podium, no one is in any doubt about...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 27 September 2020
What happens when the hits dry up? And what happens a little further down the line, as the years of being on the charts...
Laura De Lisle
Saturday, 26 September 2020
The first words of Sunnymead Court, a new play at the Tristan Bates Theatre, are ominous. “We are transitioning from human...
Jenny Gilbert
Saturday, 26 September 2020
So the Royal Ballet is to make a live comeback, for one night only, on 9 October. Fielding the entire company of 100 dancers...
Danny Driver
Saturday, 26 September 2020
There’s an old saying that goes: if life deals you lemons, make lemonade. To say that the COVID-19 pandemic is a lemon would...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 26 September 2020
 Mahler: Symphony No. 7 Orchestre National de Lille/Alexandre Bloch (Alpha Classics)Mahler 5’s five movements trace a...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 25 September 2020
When the history of British theatre’s response to COVID-19 comes to be written, the names of two men will feature...
Owen Richards
Friday, 25 September 2020
Beauty queen pageants have long been ripe for parody, from their plastic glamour to the Machiavellian competitiveness. Miss...
Marina Vaizey
Friday, 25 September 2020
A digital exhibition for digital times – and just right: as a reproductive medium, photographs can work brilliantly when...
David Nice
Friday, 25 September 2020
Songs of the beyond versus the profundity of the here and now struck very different depths in the Castalians’ evening...

★★★★ IAN WILLIAMS: REPRODUCTION Dazzling kaleidoscope of life's tragicomedy

★★★★ SUNNYMEAD COURT, TRISTAN BATES THEATRE A lovely lockdown romance

★ GROOVE ARMADA - EDGE OF THE HORIZON Dance duo produce a yacht rock stinker

★★★★★ BERNARD HAITINK: THE ENIGMATIC MAESTRO, BBC TWO Candour and warmth light up a thoroughly musical portrait

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Mahler, Shostakovich, Chris Watson and Georgia Rodgers

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Beau Travail

Claire Denis' 1999 Foreign Legion film retains its thrilling elemental mystery


Bernard Haitink: The Enigmatic Maestro, BBC Two review - saying goodbye with Bruckner

Candour and warmth light up a thoroughly musical portrait

The Movies: The Seventies review - a mirror on malaise

Sky's Hollywood documentary series reaches the Watergate decade

A Special School, BBC Wales review - heartwarming film about special needs education

Lovingly made and inspiring new series shows what's possible for students with special needs


Blu-ray: Beau Travail

Claire Denis' 1999 Foreign Legion film retains its thrilling elemental mystery

Miss Juneteenth review - a ray of Texan sunshine

Debuting director Channing Godfrey Peoples brings some heart to pageantry

Monsoon review - like something almost being said

Developing the subtle palette of his debut 'Lilting', Hong Khaou's second feature broadens its horizons

new music

Album: Groove Armada - Edge of the Horizon

First album in ten years from hit-making dance duo is a yacht rock stinker

Reissue CDs Weekly: Helen Shapiro - Face The Music The Complete Singles 1967-1984

A lack of hits doesn't weaken this homage to the UK’s first home-grown female pop star

Album: Róisín Murphy - Róisín Machine

Murphy and long time Sheffield comrade deliver the disco goods


Bach’s The Art of Fugue, Angela Hewitt, Wigmore Hall – the many voices of humanity

The Canadian pianist vindicates the master's last big collection in concert

Academy of St Martin in the Fields review - from solo meditations to collective celebrations

Messiaen and MacMillan prompt reflection, while ensemble Bach and Mozart dance

First Person: pianist Danny Driver on teaching online and the importance of music education

The challenges of top-level music lessons during the pandemic


Fidelio, Garsington Opera review - heart of darkness, light-filled liberation

Fine singers equalled by Philharmonia soloists in revelatory chamber-music Beethoven

Eavesdropping on Rattle, the LSO and Bartók’s Bluebeard

Ahead of the London Symphony Orchestra’s streaming next month, a privileged preview

La bohème, Scottish Opera – pandemic Puccini

Top-quality cast and players put on a potted version in a parking lot


Sunnymead Court, Tristan Bates Theatre review - a lovely lockdown romance
Socially distanced dramedy is short and sweet, with a knockout performance from Remmie Milner
An Evening with an Immigrant, Bridge Theatre review – poetic and engaging
Masterly revival of Inua Ellams’s 2016 autobiographical one-man show


theartsdesk in Hamburg: Ghost Light - a ballet in the time of corona

How the city is showing the world a way through the live-performance impasse

'She was Paris': RIP Zizi Jeanmaire (1924-2020)

Ballet or cabaret, Zizi's passion was for performance - preferably with her husband

Dancing at Dusk: A Moment with Pina Bausch’s 'The Rite of Spring' review - an explosive African rite

Continents collide in a film documenting an inspired re-staging of a 20th-century masterpiece


Ottessa Moshfegh: Death in Her Hands review - a case of murder mind

The US author’s latest novel is a murder mystery, but without the death

Sudhir Hazareesingh: Black Spartacus review – the life, and thought, of the first black super-hero

An ideas-rich biography shows why Toussaint Louverture matters more than ever

visual arts

Hold Still, National Portrait Gallery review - snapshots from lockdown

An online exhibition offers a glimpse of life in Britain now

My Rembrandt review - hard cash and hubris

Characters historical and contemporary mingle in an entertaining portrait of the art world

George IV: Art & Spectacle, The Queen's Gallery review - all is aglitter

A sumptuous display from the Royal Collection heralds a top class reopening

latest comments

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