mon 16/05/2022

Books

Laura Beatty: Looking for Theophrastus review - adventures in psychobiography

A portrait of Lesbos and its ‘lost’ philosopher

Emily St John Mandel: Sea of Tranquility review - time travel, pandemics and the simulation hypothesis

A compelling and charming novel but the characters are a little thin

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Vortex review – an old couple's road to nowhere

Life, opined Thomas Hobbes, is “nasty, brutish, and short”. In Gaspar Noé’s Vortex it’s not short enough for a dementia-afflicted...

The Great Escape 2022, Brighton, review - sunshine, queues,...

My friend George claims to have nightmares about The Great Escape. In them he’s standing in an endless queue, never reaching the front, never...

The Breach, Hampstead Theatre review - profoundly uncomforta...

Jude is the kind of girl that no-one would want to mess with – she can dance like a demon to Eric Clapton, skewer an ego in seconds and hit an...

Ozark, Series 4 Part 2, Netflix review - crumbling conscienc...

As the final slew of episodes in the last series of Ozark...

Vondráček, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - mixed messa...

Conductor and pianist came at Liszt from opposite directions last...

Andy Zaltzman, Soho Theatre review - satire on the hoof

Andy Zaltzman comes on stage to deliver a short preamble to his show Satirist For Hire. Much of the hour is suggested by the audience as...

Dandy, BBC Philharmonic, New, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester...

Saturday’s concert by the BBC Philharmonic was in large measure about the Mahlers – Gustav and Alma. The former’s First Symphony formed the...

Album: Mavis Staples and Levon Helm - Carry Me Home

There is so much gospel out there that it’s not easy to stand...

Music Reissues Weekly: 999 - A Punk Rock Anthology

“Ramonic buzzsaw impressionism guitars lovingly poured like a truckload of Quaker Oats over the indecipherable lyrical content that sounds like a...

Blu-ray: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

The Driller Killer, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer form a self-descriptive yet...

classical

Vondráček, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - mixed messages

Fine detail in Liszt and Mahler, but drama was lacking

Dandy, BBC Philharmonic, New, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - energy and fierce attention

Gustav and Alma Mahler, and pictorial music, are linked in a fascinating programme

Classical CDs: Double reeds, double pianos and double string orchestras

Poetry from a great bassoonist, Slavic jazz, and two fizzing collections of music for string orchestra

opera

Fidelio, Insula Orchestra, Barbican review - truth and justice brought to light

Sturdy singing and human drama enrich a fuss-free staging of Beethoven's only opera

Mavra/Pierrot Lunaire, Linbury Theatre review - operatic madness tempered with plenty of method

A collision of musical worlds makes for an intriguing double-bill

Serse, The English Concert, St Martin-in-the-Fields review - star turns from five remarkable women

Emily D’Angelo’s Xerxes is king, but doesn’t eclipse other greats in a Handel masterpiece