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Graham Fuller
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
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Jenny Gilbert
Monday, 23 November 2020
Theatres are currently banned from moving scenery and props about on stage and you might expect this to present a major obstacle to a production of The Seven Deadly Sins. How else...
David Nice
Monday, 23 November 2020
“After black and gloomy night, the sun shines all the brighter,” sings hero Ariodante after a life-threatening bout of jealousy nearly scuppers a royal wedding. There’s a snag in...
Chen Reiss
Monday, 23 November 2020
I am not the first to say this, and I won’t be the last, but what a strange year 2020 has become! I am learning afresh what it is to be both a singer and a parent and, although we...
Peter Quinn
Monday, 23 November 2020
EDM bangers? Check. Melancholic ballads? Why certainly. Great vocal arrangements which switch from rap to angelic falsetto in the blink of an eye? Step right this way. You’ll find...
Tim Cumming
Sunday, 22 November 2020
There have been Felabrations, stage musicals, bands featuring his sons Seun and Femi that have continued the legacy. There has been the slew of re-releases from his massive...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 November 2020
 “During 1975, 1976 and the first half of 1977 punk was the future but, after the highpoint of ‘God Save the Queen’,...
Saskia Baron
Sunday, 22 November 2020
Director Claudia Weill’s landmark feature debut benefits from Criterion’s high quality re-issue, which was made possible...
David Nice
Saturday, 21 November 2020
It was Mahler as conductor who made the famous declaration that “Tradition ist Schlamperei” (sloppiness), or something along...
Paul Bullock
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Producing music programmes for TV with live performance during the past few months has not been without its challenges, but...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 November 2020
 Osvaldo Golijov: Falling Out of Time Silkroad Ensemble (In a Circle Records)Along with many others, I was beguiled by...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 21 November 2020
I really wanted to like this album – indeed, from a short sample, I thought I would love it. But while there are indeed some...
Joseph Walsh
Friday, 20 November 2020
“Films are about the mystery of fate or the mystery of faith,” proclaims director William Friedkin in Alexandre O. Philippe’...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 20 November 2020
It’s hard to remember that distant time back in March before we were all digital experts, when the idea of watching a live-...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 20 November 2020
It’s almost a truism in rock’n’roll that within every padded and bloated double album, there’s a fine single disc waiting to...
Peter Quinn
Thursday, 19 November 2020
When Aaron Copland wrote his most beloved work, Appalachian Spring, in 1943/44, he gave it the unfussy working title of “...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 19 November 2020
On the face of it, this new Sky Atlantic series sounded as though it might be a grave and sombre slice of American history,...
Richard Bratby
Thursday, 19 November 2020
“This year was supposed to be so very different” said Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham...
Markie Robson-Scott
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Tamar, a character in “The Husband”, one of the most appealing, joyful stories in Nicole Krauss’s new collection To Be a Man...
 

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Recent song cycle, romantic cello sonatas and a 'masque for dancing'

★★★★★ MÁ VLAST, CZECH PHILHARMONIC, BYCHKOV Smetana's epic in online wonder

★ SMASHING PUMPKINS - CYR Grunge veterans pump out a joyless dirge

FIRST PERSON: PAUL BULLOCK Challenges of televising BBC Young Musician during lockdown

★★★★ LEAP OF FAITH Feature-length interview with 'Exorcist' director William Friedkin

★★★★ ARENA - FELA KUTI: FATHER OF AFROBEAT, BBC TWO Intimate and in-depth portrait of West Africa's great cultural icon

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Waxworks (1924)

The sum is more than the parts of Paul Leni's German Expressionist horror comedy

tv

Arena - Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat, BBC Two review - the music that never dies

Intimate and in-depth portrait of West Africa's great cultural icon

The Good Lord Bird, Sky Atlantic review - picaresque account of the myth of John Brown

Ethan Hawke leads an outlandish ride through American history

Offended by Irvine Welsh, Sky Arts review - are we seeing the end of free speech?

'Trainspotting' author examines the insidious march of cancel culture

film

Blu-ray: Waxworks (1924)

The sum is more than the parts of Paul Leni's German Expressionist horror comedy

Blu-ray: Girlfriends

A pioneering comedy-drama about two young women trying to make it in 1970s New York

Leap of Faith review – Alexandre O. Philippe examines ‘The Exorcist’

The director tackles the Oscar-winner in feature-length interview with William Friedkin

new music

Album: BTS - Be

K-pop perfection from the South Korean septet

Arena - Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat, BBC Two review - the music that never dies

Intimate and in-depth portrait of West Africa's great cultural icon

classical

Má Vlast, Czech Philharmonic, Bychkov online review – finest silk for Velvet Revolution anniversary concert

Smetana's national epic comes up fresh and meaningful in a miraculous online happening

Classical CDs Weekly: Osvaldo Golijov, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams

A contemporary song cycle, romantic cello sonatas and an iconic 'masque for dancing'

opera

The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera North online review - viscerally thrilling

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's indictment of capitalism in a vibrant new production

Ariodante, Royal Opera online review – stylish, but confined

Accomplished ensemble tries its best to cross the footlights in livestream-only Handel

‘Our whole industry is supported by vulnerable freelance creators': Chen Reiss on the artist in a time of Coronavirus

The soprano, now on screen in the Royal Opera 'Ariodante', on recognition for performers

theatre

15 Heroines, Jermyn Street Theatre online review - putting the women back into Greek myth
Scorching adaptation of Ovid is a welcome theatrical respite from lockdown
Death of England: Delroy, National Theatre review - a furious if fleetingly seen sequel
Opening and closing night were the same for vital solo show
Little Wars, Union Theatre online review - richly emotional, but formulaic
Lillian Hellman meets a handful of other female greats in an imaginary dinner party

dance

The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera North online review - viscerally thrilling

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's indictment of capitalism in a vibrant new production

The Royal Ballet: Live, Within the Golden Hour review - stunning, joyous dance

Setback? What setback? Restrictions seem to push this company to ever greater things

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells review - onward and upward

Carlos Acosta sets out his stall as artistic director of BRB

Books

Nicole Krauss: To Be a Man review - first short-story collection from the award-winning novelist

Love, complicity, the burden of the past: ten stories with a wide-ranging focus

Andrey Kurkov: Grey Bees review - light Ukrainian odyssey, with bite

Journey of a beekeeper lays bare the simultaneous severity and stupidity of conflict

Book extract: Nativity by Jean Frémon, with drawings by Louise Bourgeois

Reckoning with the question of how to represent Christ

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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