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David Nice
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Tom Rakewell Esquire, the Glyndebourne edition generally known as “the Hockney Rake” though it is very much director John Cox’s too, is 46 years old. The great Bernard Haitink,...
Adam Sweeting
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Channel 5’ s decision to remake James Herriot’s much-loved Yorkshire vet stories was an inspired one, and this second series has effortlessly carried on the mood of gentle...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 24 October 2021
Over 1974 to 1978 Graham Collier issued five albums on his own imprint Mosaic. There was another in 1985 and eight releases on Mosaic by other musicians, but for its first four...
Sebastian Scotney
Sunday, 24 October 2021
One German writer found a neat yet teasing way to sum up the difference between Luchino Visconti’s The Damned (1969), the first film in the Italian director’s “German trilogy”,...
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Jaws was the Moby Dick of late 20th century capitalism, a fantasy about fear and the unknown for a society that had rarely felt more secure and powerful. Despite the tremors...
Miranda Heggie
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Kicking off a brand new partnership between the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Hockley Social Club, this first ever Symphonic Session saw a string quartet from the CBSO...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 23 October 2021
This Korean-made show suddenly became Netflix’s all-time greatest hit, demonstrating once again the irresistible allure of a...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 23 October 2021
George Evelyn is one of British music’s more interesting characters. With equal parts Yorkshire bluntness, hip hop swagger...
Mark Sheerin
Friday, 22 October 2021
Jacqueline de Jong doesn’t want to talk politics. But this should have been foreseeable. After all, she has travelled to...
Robert Beale
Friday, 22 October 2021
The youthful New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New and British cellist Laura van der Heijden between them set the Hallé quite...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 22 October 2021
Can we turn off the script and simply leave the music to do its soul-stirring bit?  That's likely to be a not uncommon...
Shumaila Hemani
Friday, 22 October 2021
In early 2020, the year that soon saw  COVID-19 lockdown, I served on the music faculty for Semester at Sea, Spring...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 22 October 2021
Lana Del Rey’s eighth album would tell her story “and pretty much nothing else”, she teased, as her planned, near instant...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Sebastião Salgado has carved out his career by documenting the unimaginable. He takes areas of life all too often...
Katie Colombus
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Laura Marling was one of the most active lockdown performance artists, doing her bit to play solo streams to a captive and...
Jonathan Geddes
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Upon emerging onstage at the Barrowland, Fontaines DC took time to pass flowers into the crowd. Aside from the occasional...
Liz Thomson
Thursday, 21 October 2021
I always thought those celebrity duets albums, recorded across the miles – or sometimes with someone who had long since...
Laura De Lisle
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Grenfell: Value Engineering isn’t actually a play. It’s an edited version of the testimony heard by the Grenfell Tower...
Jenny Gilbert
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Ballet dancers, even the greatest, don’t expect longevity. There are no Maggie Smiths or Helen Mirrens in the ballet world...

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) Sheer perfection in Mozart and Schumann at the Proms with Isabelle Faust and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) Distilled wisdom in Lucerne conducting masterclasses

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) Mozart and Bruckner in one of his two last LSO concerts

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) The last UK concert, a Prom with the Vienna Philharmonic

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) The last LSO concert: glimpses of heaven in Dvořák and Mahler

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) Candour and warmth in a superb BBC documentary

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) Supreme beauty of sound in Proms Mahler Three

RIP BERNARD HAITINK (1929-2021) Lucid Bruckner Five with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

disc of the day

Blu-ray: The Damned

Luchino Visconti’s indispensable trend-setting drama


Squid Game, Netflix review - murderous game show hits the ratings jackpot

South Korean series mixes slaughter and greed with a dash of moral philosophy

Ridley Road, BBC One review - Jewish community fights Nazi nightmare in 1960s London

Enlightenment about a resurgence of English Fascism wrapped up in a well-acted thriller


Blu-ray: The Damned

Luchino Visconti’s indispensable trend-setting drama

Dune review - awesome display of sci-fi world-building

Timothée Chalamet leads a sterling cast in Denis Villeneuve's sandy science fiction epic

Blu-ray: La Dolce Vita

Fellini's prescient vision of a paparazzi-dominated world

new music

Music Reissues Weekly: Graham Collier - British Conversations

Previously unissued suite enhances understanding of the British jazz composer, bassist and bandleader

Album: Nightmares On Wax - Shout Out! To Freedom...

Leeds via Ibiza's space-soul master heads skwyards

Album: Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters

True romance from the Americana pop icon


Van der Heijden, Hallé, New, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - rising to challenges

Youth, enthusiasm, passion and skill bring a demanding programme to life

First Person: ethnomusicologist Shumaila Hemani on global musical traditions and Concert for Afghanistan

No boundaries between east and west, north and south, in tonight's live music-making


The Rake's Progress, Glyndebourne Tour - a classic revitalized

A new generation responds vibrantly to Hockney, Cox, Stravinsky, Auden and Kallman

Die ägyptische Helena, Fulham Opera review - mythological mess impressively handled

Ambitious company works wonders on Richard Strauss's most problematic opera

Bernstein Double Bill, Opera North review - fractured relationships in song and dance

Heartbreak and strife from a pair of Leeds institutions


The Shark Is Broken, New Ambassadors Theatre review - how Spielberg's first blockbuster almost didn't happen
This shark-tooth-sharp comedy provides a behind-the-scenes glance at "Jaws"
Grenfell: Value Engineering, The Tabernacle review - bruising, necessary theatre
Edited Inquiry transcripts expose the hypocrisy and incompetence behind the tragedy
Love and Other Acts of Violence, Donmar Warehouse review - snappy and tightly intelligent but flawed
How do traumas from former generations affect how we behave in the present?


L'Heure Exquise, Linbury Theatre review - an exquisite tragedy in miniature

Alessandra Ferri marks her 40 years in ballet with a remarkable solo turn

Bernstein Double Bill, Opera North review - fractured relationships in song and dance

Heartbreak and strife from a pair of Leeds institutions

The Dante Project, Royal Ballet review - a towering achievement

A stupendous score by Thomas Adès powers this inspiring undertaking


Mary Wellesley: Hidden Hands review - passion in the parchment

Medieval manuscripts and their forgotten artist-authors come to life

Marcin Wicha: Things I Didn’t Throw Out review - the stories told by stacks of stuff

Connecting a mother's helpless love of things with questions of presence and personhood

Jonathan Franzen: Crossroads review - can goodness ever be its own reward?

The first volume of Franzen's new family saga leaves you wanting more

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