mon 19/11/2018

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Marina Vaizey
Monday, 19 November 2018
The toughest subject you can imagine: when, and how, would you choose death over life? This riveting film examined that excruciating dilemma within the legal frameworks on offer...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 19 November 2018
The choice of what to go and hear in the London Jazz Festival can be bewildering: this first weekend of its 10-day run presented over 120 events. I managed to attend eight, of...
Glyn Môn Hughes
Monday, 19 November 2018
It probably goes without saying that there will be "dream teams" in a football-mad city like Liverpool. What might be a little unusual is that this particular one has long been...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 19 November 2018
Many established artists, when out on tour, can get all a bit bashful about their new material. In fact, it’s not unusual for bands to hide a couple of new tunes in the middle of...
Tom Baily
Monday, 19 November 2018
It is appropriate that Keanu Reeves sounds especially croaky and muffled throughout Siberia. Business meetings for his character Lucas Hill (a diamond trader) don’t normally...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 19 November 2018
Faithful Fairy Harmony is in the tradition of The Beatles’ White Album, Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, a True Star and The Clash’s London Calling, all double albums because an...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Daša Drndić, the Croatian author who died in June aged 71, has posthumously won the second Warwick Prize for Women in...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Marianne Faithfull’s recent album Negative Capability featured a new version of “As Tears go by”, the Jagger-Richard song...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 18 November 2018
David Attenborough must be among the most universally liked Englishmen. There are those who’ve recently criticized him for...
Alexandra Coghlan
Saturday, 17 November 2018
We’re not good at lack these days. Just look at the concert hall, where increasingly you turn up to find not just an...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 17 November 2018
What an intelligent and cleverly structured film this is. By interviewing people involved in every aspect of the...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 17 November 2018
 Beethoven: Symphonies 2 and 7 Wiener Symphoniker/Philippe Jordan (WS/Sony)Philippe Jordan’s cheery face adorns this...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Cliff Richard has been the butt of many jokes down the years, but he’s always looked the other way, true to himself. But he...
Joseph Walsh
Friday, 16 November 2018
Two years after the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we return to the Wizarding World once again for the...
David Nice
Friday, 16 November 2018
Forget the latest International Tchaikovsky Competition winner (I almost have; only a dim memory of Dmitry Masleev's playing...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 16 November 2018
The #MeToo movement is barely a year old, but it is already prompting some clever and insightful comedy – from standalone...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 16 November 2018
Political machinations and backroom power-brokering, leadership battles and unscrupulous rivals – if ever there was an opera...

★★★★ NATALIE PALAMIDES, SOHO THEATRE Deft and witty examination of a difficult subject


★★★ WAR REQUIEM, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA Striking spectacle, but oddly unmoving

★★★★★ THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING The madness of the art market made crystal clear

★★★★ KOLESNIKOV, BBCSO, BRABBINS, BARBICAN Rethought masterpiece, stolid rarity

MARIANNE FAITHFULL 'Come and Stay with Me' collects some of British pop’s best singles

disc of the day

CD: Josephine Foster - Faithful Fairy Harmony

Country-folk auteur tunes in to the ether

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Louis Theroux's Altered States: Choosing Death, BBC Two review - profound and moving

Empathy and humanity from Theroux in a powerful documentary about life's conclusion

Our Classical Century, BBC Four review - enthusiasm and delight

From the trenches to the jazz age, Sir Lenny embarks on an enthralling musical journey

They Shall Not Grow Old, BBC Two review - Peter Jackson's Great War finale

Dazzling reworking of faded footage from the Western front


Siberia review - Keanu Reeves's duff Russian mission

Crime thriller gets lost in the wilderness

The Price of Everything review - the madness of the art market made crystal clear

Poons and Koons, two sides of the same art world coin

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review - mischief not quite managed

Convoluted mythology stops second Potter prequel from flying

new music

Florence + The Machine, Genting Arena, Birmingham review - flying the flag for a hopeful future

Florence Welch takes her hippy schtick back on the road with new tunes front and centre

CD: Josephine Foster - Faithful Fairy Harmony

Country-folk auteur tunes in to the ether


Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Cage, Janáček

Dramatic 19th century symphonies and offbeat percussion music, plus a rousing meeting of Czech minds

Kolesnikov, BBCSO, Brabbins, Barbican review - rethought masterpiece, stolid rarity

Uninspired Ethel Smyth Mass follows standing ovation for vivacious Tchaikovsky


War Requiem, English National Opera review - a striking spectacle, but oddly unmoving

A sober and dignified production fails to add value to Britten's score

Simon Boccanegra, Royal Opera review - a timely revival of Verdi's political music-drama

Moshinsky's classic production still serves up the visual goods

The Silver Tassie, BBCSO, Barbican review - a bracing memorial for the WW1 anniversary

An exceptional concert performance brings Turnage's opera back to blistering life


Hadestown, National Theatre review - new folk musical is hotter than hell
An alternative take on a classic myth produces sizzling results


Carlos Acosta: A Celebration, Royal Albert Hall

Candid images of retired ballet legend on stage

'It’s more fun to dance in a tutu': Tory Dobrin of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The artistic director of the Trocks explains how he keeps his ballet parodists on their toes

theartsdesk in Riga - 43,290 Latvians sing and dance for their country

Individual souls conjoined with a passionate belief in peace and music achieve miracles


Natalie Palamides, Soho Theatre - challenging show about consent

Deft and witty examination of a difficult subject

Ayesha Hazarika, Soho Theatre review - feminism examined

Fascinating and often funny take on the subject


Red Dead Redemption 2 review - the cowboy drama makes a triumphant return

An ambitious Wild West odyssey that matches epic scale with benchmark skill

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – less is more

Solo rations have been relegated from this benchmark war series

FIFA 19 review - the best just got a bit better

It looks and plays great, but what’s new?

visual arts

Edward Burne-Jones, Tate Britain review - time for a rethink?

Wide-ranging exhibition of idiosyncratic English artist, both loved and loathed

Klimt/Schiele, Royal Academy review - the line of gauntness

Elegance and brutality converge in drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

The new V&A Photography Centre review - a new museum to make us proud

'Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital' launches the V&A's latest project


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