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Stephen Walsh
Monday, 26 October 2020
Bach’s Goldberg Variations, written for harpsichord in about 1741 supposedly (or perhaps not) for a certain Johann Goldberg to play to the insomniac Count Keyserlingk, have...
David Nice
Monday, 26 October 2020
Anyone mesmerized by the mosaics in seven of Ravenna’s eight Unesco world heritage sites may be surprised by the historical scope of Judith Herrin’s wide-roving history. From the...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 26 October 2020
Elvis Costello’s was the last major concert before lockdown. At Hammersmith, I remember the feeling, a last hurrah as we stared into the abyss and the inescapable thought that we...
Owen Richards
Sunday, 25 October 2020
With Netflix releasing Rebecca on Wednesday, who’d have thought that a kid’s film would be this week’s best adaptation about an estate haunted by the memory of the deceased lady...
David Nice
Sunday, 25 October 2020
“Live music is back,” runs the Barbican's latest slogan, so treasure it and get out there while you can. Thursday evening in London offered an embarrassment of riches. I chose the...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 25 October 2020
After Florian Schneider left Kraftwerk in 2008, Ralf Hütter was left in the driving seat. The pair had first been heard on record in 1970 as members of Organisation, and their...
India Lewis
Sunday, 25 October 2020
If you’re after a relaxing Sunday watch, Fyzal Boulifa’s Lynn + Lucy is not the one. It begins as a story of old friends in...
Graham Fuller
Saturday, 24 October 2020
When it was announced that Ben Wheatley would be directing a new version of Rebecca, his fans must have wondered what kind...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 24 October 2020
 Henrique Oswald: Piano Concerto, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 Clélia Iruzun (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 24 October 2020
“Black people, since the beginning of time, have always made things cool. Jazz, rock ’n’ roll… pick anything from a cultural...
Barney Harsent
Saturday, 24 October 2020
The cast list for Song Machine…, the seventh album from virtual virtuosos Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, is the size of...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 23 October 2020
Intriguingly, Summer of 85 could have been François Ozon’s very first film. Back in the mid-Eighties the French director was...
Jessica Duchen
Friday, 23 October 2020
Bidding farewell to the Royal Festival Hall, Tasmin Little was at the very peak of her powers. It’s almost unthinkable that...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 23 October 2020
The Prohibition-era setting of The Great Gatsby brings an appropriately illicit feel to this bold decision to...
Joseph Walsh
Friday, 23 October 2020
There's something deeply uncanny about Adrian Shergold's Cordelia. When the film's poster was released on social...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 23 October 2020
What a pleasure it was to step inside a West End theatre again, and what a different experience it was – temperature checks...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 23 October 2020
It’s a brave film distributor who releases a documentary about an American journalist in the UK at the best of times, let...
Mark Kidel
Friday, 23 October 2020
As he cruises into the autumn of his life, 71 year-old Bruce Springsteen, The Boss, as he's generally known, revisits...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Last seen gurning and camping his way across the Royal Opera House stage in absurdist musical fantasy Frankenstein!!, it was...
 

★★★ THE GREAT GATSBY, IMMERSIVE LONDON Warm, electric tribute to the book

★★★★★ 4/4, ROYAL OPERA Desire, loss and lunacy in four surprising acts

★★★ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - LETTER TO YOU Nostalgia for the future

★★★★★ TASMIN LITTLE Last recital at Southbank sparks memories, tributes, dreams

★★★ CORDELIA Antonia Campbell-Hughes & Johnny Flynn in an off-kilter trauma tale

tv

Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, Apple TV+ review - his new album is a matter of life and death

Documentary takes an emotional journey through the past with the E Street Band

Roadkill, BBC One review - David Hare pokes under the floorboards of the Conservative party

Hugh Laurie plays an ambitious government minister with a shady history

film

The Secret Garden review - blooming charming

Jack Thorne brings another children's classic to life

Blu-ray: Lynn + Lucy

A small town and a lifelong friendship gone sour

Rebecca review - mishap at Manderley

The new film of Daphne du Maurier's novel serves no purpose

new music

Album: Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface

Good songs, poor intonation

Album: Gorillaz - Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez

The virtual virtuosos' seventh album makes an impressively singular sound with many, many voices

classical

Brecon Baroque, Podger, Brecon Cathedral online review - Bach recoloured

Revealing Goldbergs arrangement superbly played

City of London Sinfonia, Southwark Cathedral / Kanneh-Masons, Barbican review - soaring teamwork

The pure joy of music-making in both events, but with rigour and discipline

Classical CDs Weekly: Henrique Oswald, Saint-Saëns, Tilson Thomas, Smaro Gregoriadou

19th century piano concertos, music from a celebrated conductor-composer, and a solo guitar anthology

opera

4/4, Royal Opera review – desire, loss and lunacy in four surprising acts

Allan Clayton and Richard Jones are kings of bedlam, but the rest has high style too

First Person: tenor Nicky Spence on working with Blackheath locals on screen Stravinsky

'The Rake's Progress' distilled and introduced by its star and community opera patron

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

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

theatre

The Great Gatsby, Immersive London review – a warm and electric tribute to the book
It's a true achievement to feel the chemistry of a cast whirring into action again
Quarter Life Crisis, Bridge Theatre review – slender and superficial
Return of one-woman show about growing up is disappointingly thin

dance

The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage review - fireworks in the Garden

At long last, our premier ballet company is back in action. And it's dynamite

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

Books

Judith Herrin: Ravenna review - flashes of order and beauty in a chaotic world

The once-great imperial city's mosaics and buildings have survived a turbulent time

Jenny Hval: Girls Against God review - a sticky dance through space and time

A surreal witches' flight through southern Norway

10 Questions for Poet and Critic Rebecca Tamás

On 'Strangers' and the urgent interconnectedness of the human and non-human

visual arts

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, Barbican Art Gallery review - mould-breaker, ground-shaker

A crash course in the life and times of an iconoclast and muse

Sin, National Gallery review - great subject, modest show

A small gathering can't do justice to this fabulous topic

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