sat 13/07/2024

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Helen Hawkins
Saturday, 13 July 2024
Who was Stefan Zweig? It's likely that it's mostly older folk who studied German literature at A-level who have encountered this superb Viennese writer in his native language,...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 13 July 2024
 Fauré: Complete Music for Solo Piano Lucas Debargue (Sony)In lots of ways I was ready to like this boxset of the complete Fauré music for solo piano, having long seen it as...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Saturday, 13 July 2024
Apparently when actress Maika Monroe first saw Nicolas Cage in his full Longlegs get-up, her heart-rate skyrocketed to 170 bpm (her resting heart rate is 76). Or at least so a...
Kieron Tyler
Saturday, 13 July 2024
Paint a Room is idiosyncratic, but it is an absolute joy. Accessible too. Permeated with a summery vibe, its 10 songs glisten like the surface of lake catching the setting sun’s...
Robert Beale
Friday, 12 July 2024
Buxton International Festival offers one thundering success, one uneasy compromise and one surprisingly enjoyable experience, in its three mainstage operas this year.Verdi’s...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 12 July 2024
The question Korean director Jason Yu is asking in this eerie little spine-tingler (his debut feature) is “how well do you know your partner?” He may also be inquiring whether or...
Sebastian Scotney
Friday, 12 July 2024
Voice and piano.The combination can have a simplicity, a conversational freedom, a rightness about it, as it does here. “My...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 11 July 2024
It’s over 50 years since men last landed on our orbiting space-neighbour, but director Greg Berlanti's Fly Me to the Moon...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 11 July 2024
In the world of popular music, tangential connections to success are profile-raising. They offer an immediate connection to...
Nick Hasted
Wednesday, 10 July 2024
Mia Goth’s mighty Maxine finally makes it to Hollywood in Ti West’s brash conclusion to the trilogy he began with X (2022),...
Helen Hawkins
Wednesday, 10 July 2024
Sarah Power, the writer of Grud, now in the Hampstead’s smaller space, is a self-confessed geek who excelled at...
Graham Rickson
Wednesday, 10 July 2024
There’s a lot to unpick in Zoltán Fabri’s 1956 film Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta). Take leading man Imre Soós’s disarming...
Helen Hawkins
Tuesday, 09 July 2024
For a long stretch of its first half, Dominique Morrisseau’s 2016 award-winner, Skeleton Crew, seems a conventional...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 09 July 2024
Any show making its debut in the midst of Wimbledon and the Euro-football, plus a spectacular performance by Lewis Hamilton...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 08 July 2024
Showing over four consecutive nights, Night Caller is a stripped-down psychological thriller which steadily boils up to a...
Joe Muggs
Monday, 08 July 2024
Joe Goddard’s torrent of creativity rarely fails to amaze. As well as eight albums as a crucial part of Hot Chip, he has...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 07 July 2024
NME’s Paul Morley reviewed Angelic Upstarts’ debut album, the newly reissued Teenage Warning, in August 1979. He pointed out...
John Carvill
Saturday, 06 July 2024
It’s often said that nobody mythologised Billie Holiday like Billie Holiday. I’m not so sure.In this fine, clear-eyed...
Katharina Kastening
Saturday, 06 July 2024
Peter Brook's reimagining of Bizet's Carmen condenses the scale of the original into a more intimate theatrical experience....

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★★★★★ BLU-RAY: MERRY-GO-ROUND Iconic, multi-layered Hungarian love story returns

★★★ AJ LEE & BLUE SUMMIT - CITY OF GLASS Bluegrass-Americana from California

★★★★ SKELETON CREW, DONMAR WAREHOUSE Slow burn that satisfyingly catches fire

KATHERINA KASTENING On directing slimline Bizet in a year rich in 'Carmen' productions

★★★★ MAXXXINE Mia Goth's horror final girl goes to 80s Hollywood in Ti West's trashy, sly sequel

★★★★ THE NIGHT CALLER, CHANNEL 5 A smartly written thriller

disc of the day

Album: Chris Cohen - Paint a Room

Former Deerhoof man fashions a shimmering gem

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tv

The Turkish Detective, BBC Two review - a bad business in the Bosphorus

Barbara Nadel's Inspector Ikmen novels reach the screen

The Night Caller, Channel 5 review - all he hears is radio ga ga

Robert Glenister and Sean Pertwee star in smartly-written thriller

film

Longlegs review - like its titular killer, this summer's most hyped horror film leaves no trace

A white-knuckle experience, but not much more, despite Nicolas Cage on familiar form

Sleep review - things that go bump in the night

Weird nocturnal phenomena threaten couple's marital bliss

Fly Me to the Moon review - NASA gets a Madison Avenue makeover

How politics and propaganda drove America's race into space

new music

Album: Chris Cohen - Paint a Room

Former Deerhoof man fashions a shimmering gem

Album: Catherine Russell and Sean Mason - My Ideal

New life for old songs from superb singer and pianist

Album: AJ Lee & Blue Summit - City of Glass

Tight, light, airy and persuasive bluegrass-Americana from California

classical

Classical CDs: Ballades, barcarolles and hammer blows

French piano music, a star-studded concerto and two Finnish symphonies

NMC Recordings at 35, Dutch Church, London review - a fitting celebration

British new music label marks its anniversary with a brilliant array of voices and styles

Concert Theatre DSCH, Norwegian CO, QEH review - visually stunning, viscerally thrilling Shostakovich

Wildly inventive staging, combining choreography and lighting, is a total triumph

opera

theartsdesk at the Buxton International Festival - power and glory in early Verdi

An enjoyable surprise in ingenious Handel oratorio staging

First Person: Katharina Kastening on directing slimline Bizet in a year rich in 'Carmen' productions

Peter Brook's 'La Tragédie de Carmen' further reimagined at Buxton

Orlando, Academy of Ancient Music, Cummings, Barbican review - madly beautiful

Concert format finds the humanity in Handel's magic pantomime

theatre

Visit from an Unknown Woman, Hampstead Theatre review - slim, overly earthbound slice of writer's angst
Christopher Hampton's love of Stefan Zweig's text becomes a drawback
Grud, Hampstead Theatre review - sparky investigation of a geeky friendship
Two awkward science nerds and a violent alcoholic father are oddly likeable company
Skeleton Crew, Donmar Warehouse review - slow burn that satisfyingly catches fire
A fine cast spell out the cost of survival in today's ailing industries

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Kelly Clancy: Playing with Reality - How Games Shape Our World review - how far games go back

The acclaimed neuroscientist on the world and history of games, in all their variety

Hugo Rifkind: Rabbits review - 31 wild parties and a funeral

Comic novel rides the rollercoaster of 1990s teenagerdom among the Scottish elite

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