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Bernard Hughes
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
When I reviewed the Philharmonia’s Weimar season last year I expressed a hope to hear more Hindemith performed in London. When, also last year, I reviewed chamber music at Conway...
Markie Robson-Scott
Monday, 27 January 2020
Mark Jenkin’s black and white masterpiece about clashes between incomers and locals in a Cornish fishing village was made on a 1976 clockwork Bolex camera that doesn’t record...
David Nice
Monday, 27 January 2020
"Citizen. European. Pianist," declares Russian-born, Berlin-based Igor Levit on the front page of his website. One should add, since he wouldn't, Mensch and master of giants. High...
Owen Richards
Monday, 27 January 2020
What’s the appeal of cinema? It can transport us to fantasy lands, or open our eyes to new perspectives. But one aspect that’s less discussed is how it brings people together....
Robert Beale
Monday, 27 January 2020
Kurt Weill’s “Broadway opera” – his own preferred description – is an extraordinary and brilliant piece of work. Its music ranges from the seriously dramatic to fun numbers like...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 27 January 2020
Folk music has always thrived in times of adversity and danger and in times when (to coin a phrase) “nothing is real”. All the above apply now and folk music, its roots in the...
Guy Oddy
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Given Slipknot’s studied image as arch misanthropes, with their horror show costumes, aggressive posturing and frightening...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Those of us who have to toil and sweat with other languages often feel a twinge of envy when we meet truly bilingual folk....
James Dowsett
Sunday, 26 January 2020
In Clemens Meyer’s new collection of short stories Dark Satellites (translated from German by Kate Derbyshire), the lonely...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Since this column last caught up with the totemic California art-popsters Game Theory, band mainstay Gil Ray passed away. He...
Owen Richards
Sunday, 26 January 2020
When a band claims a crowd is the loudest of the tour, you can usually guarantee they've said it on every other date too....
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Fifty-nine years to the day, 24 January 1961, that a young college dropout named Robert Zimmerman clambered out of a car on...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Jukka-Pekka Saraste doesn’t visit London much these days. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra,...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 January 2020
 Ginastera: Harp Concerto, Variaciones concertantes Sidsel Walstad (harp), Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Miguel Harth-...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Drums away: Stewart Copeland, drummer with The Police and a score of other groups, composer for films, video games and...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Robert Henke is to techno fans as Leo Fender and Les Paul are to rock lovers. The Ableton Live software which he co-created...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Saturday, 25 January 2020
The first album from the Boston-bred songwriter Squirrel Flower opens and closes with autobiographical songs. “I-80” opens...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 24 January 2020
Uncle Vanya must surely be the closest, the most essential of Chekhov’s plays, its cast – just four main players who are...
Demetrios Matheou
Friday, 24 January 2020
Armando Iannucci’s move away from the contemporary political satires that made his name, first signalled by his bold,...
 

★★★★ CLEMENS MEYER: DARK SATELLITES Eccentric orbits in modern Germany

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Symphonies, concertos, tone poems from France & Argentina

★★★★★ STREET SCENE, OPERA NORTH True ensemble achievement in Weill's 'Broadway opera'

★★★★ SQUIRREL FLOWER - I WAS BORN SWIMMING A mesmerising debut

★★★★ BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB, CARDIFF Indie darlings impress after a six year hiatus

GAME THEORY - ACROSS THE BARRIER OF SOUND The Three O’Clock’s Michael Quercio joins the final iteration of Scott Miller’s art-popsters

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Bait

Mark Jenkin's acclaimed first feature: tensions spark within a Cornish fishing village

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tv

Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music, BBC Four review - an essay on the emotional power of music

The polymathic drummer explores the ways in which music can tell stories

Crazy Delicious, Channel 4 review - the most ridiculous cooking programme on TV ?

Heston Blumenthal's culinary deities encourage crackpot foodism

Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting, BBC Two review - is it too late to get population growth under control?

Campaiging naturalist surveys the damage we're inflicting on our overcrowded planet

film

DVD/Blu-ray: Bait

Mark Jenkin's acclaimed first feature: tensions spark within a Cornish fishing village

Talking About Trees review - friendships formed through film

A tender documentary on returning cinema to Sudan

The Personal History of David Copperfield review – top-drawer Dickens

Armando Iannucci’s colour-blind Copperfield is a veritable feast of comic acting

new music

Album: Sam Lee, Old Wow - a hymn to Mother Nature

Sam Lee's third album reinvigorates the folk tradition

Slipknot, Arena Birmingham review – Iowa metal-heads tear the roof off

Corey Taylor’s gang are just the tonic for the January blues

Reissue CDs Weekly: Game Theory - Across The Barrier Of Sound

The Three O’Clock’s Michael Quercio joins the final iteration of Scott Miller’s art-popsters

classical

Oriole Ensemble, Conway Hall review - sublimely peculiar chamber music

Interesting juxtaposition throws a light on 20th century repertoire

Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues, Igor Levit, Barbican review - an eagle's-eye view

Thought, colour and feeling in every phrase of this 20th century magnum opus

Cargill, BBCSO, Saraste, Barbican review - less is more in Shostakovich

Wartime symphony presented with dark intensity, but new commission disappoints

opera

Street Scene, Opera North review - a true ensemble achievement

Youth to the fore in Kurt Weill’s brilliant ‘Broadway opera’

Sukanya, RFH review - Ravi Shankar's bright-eyed, varied fable

Fine performances, but crude miking suggests this would work better as a chamber opera

prisoner of the state, Barbican review - beauty, but where is the drama?

David Lang's efficient homage to Beethoven can't eclipse the original

theatre

Uncle Vanya, Harold Pinter Theatre review - a superlative company achievement
Ian Rickson’s exemplary production relishes the nuances of Conor McPherson's adaptation
The Sunset Limited, Boulevard Theatre review - all talk, no theatre
Cormac McCarthy two-hander tries an audience's patience
The Welkin, National Theatre review - women's labour is a pain
Maxine Peake struggles to make the voice of reason heard in feminist history play

dance

English National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala, Coliseum review - a fine celebration

ENB raises a toast to its past and future in an evening of nostalgia and high style

Onegin, Royal Ballet review - vivid and intelligent dance drama

The production may feel old-fashioned, but Cranko's graphic dance images still have power to startle

Resolution 2020, The Place review - new dance for a new decade

You take your chances with this annual bran tub of novice choreography

gaming

Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

visual arts

Best of 2019: Visual Arts

The exhibitions we loved most over the past 12 months

Caravaggio & Bernini, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna - high emotion in 17th century Rome

Painting and sculpture vie for supremacy in the eternal city

Dora Maar, Tate Modern review - how women disappear

Stunning photographs and fabulous photomontages by overlooked and elusive artist

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