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Reviews

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

David Nice

"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.

Talking About Trees review - friendships formed through film

Owen Richards

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. Going to the cinema is a social stimulus, a shared experience that sparks discussions and forges friendships.

Street Scene, Opera North review - a true...

Robert Beale

Kurt Weill’s “Broadway opera” – his own preferred description – is an extraordinary and brilliant piece of work. Its music ranges from the seriously...

Slipknot, Arena Birmingham review – Iowa metal-...

Guy Oddy

Given Slipknot’s studied image as arch misanthropes, with their horror show costumes, aggressive posturing and frightening masks designed to put the...

Albert Costa: The Bilingual Brain review – double...

Boyd Tonkin

Those of us who have to toil and sweat with other languages often feel a twinge of envy when we meet truly bilingual folk. That ability to switch...

Clemens Meyer: Dark Satellites review - eccentric orbits

James Dowsett

Overlooked stories from the fringes of contemporary Germany

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

Kieron Tyler

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

Bombay Bicycle Club, Cardiff University Students Union review - guitar pop, perfected

Owen Richards

Indie darlings impress after a six year hiatus

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

Gavin Dixon

Wartime symphony presented with dark intensity, but new commission disappoints

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

Marina Vaizey

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

Robert Henke CBM 8032, Barbican - a vision of possibilities from 40 years ago

Joe Muggs

Advanced music and visuals coming from primitive technology

Uncle Vanya, Harold Pinter Theatre review - a superlative company achievement

Tom Birchenough

Ian Rickson’s exemplary production relishes the nuances of Conor McPherson's adaptation

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

Demetrios Matheou

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

The Sunset Limited, Boulevard Theatre review - all talk, no theatre

Matt Wolf

Cormac McCarthy two-hander tries an audience's patience

Matt Forde, Soho Theatre review - Brexit and beyond

Veronica Lee

Cogent political analysis

The Welkin, National Theatre review - women's labour is a pain

Aleks Sierz

Maxine Peake struggles to make the voice of reason heard in feminist history play

The Grudge review - non-stop shocks wear out their welcome

Adam Sweeting

Rebooted reboot of Japanese horror hit turns terror into tedium

Scenes with Girls, Royal Court review - feminist separatism 2.0

Aleks Sierz

New play about female friendship is refreshingly original and dazzlingly exciting

Miloš Karadaglić, Birmingham Town Hall review - flashy and fierce, with exquisite detail

Miranda Heggie

Triumphant solo performance from virtuoso guitarist

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

Adam Sweeting

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

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

Adam Sweeting

Heston Blumenthal's culinary deities encourage crackpot foodism

Album: Ruby Turner – Love Was Here

Sebastian Scotney

Go and hear Ruby Turner perform live

You Stupid Darkness!, Southwark Playhouse review - an intriguing muddle

Matt Wolf

Overlong Sam Steiner play needs clarity to go with its compassion

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

Sue Gaisford

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

Bach Sunday with the Suzukis, RAM / Appl, AAM, Milton Court review - father, son and Holy Ghost

David Nice

From the grandest beginnings of the B Minor Mass at lunchtime to solo cantatas at night

The Outsider, Sky Atlantic review - double trouble in small-town Georgia

Adam Sweeting

The terror mounts in gripping Stephen King adaptation

Blomfield, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review - sounds of a troubled truce

Boyd Tonkin

Three idiosyncratic works tell one story of the world in 1945

Celtic Connections 2020, Glasgow review - fine feast of Scottish music

Miranda Heggie

Global traditions come together in Scotland's annual musical melting pot

Beethoven Discovery Day, Batiashvili, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review – reassessing a rarity

Gavin Dixon

Soloists, chorus and orchestra shine in a rarely heard oratorio

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