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Reviews

MacMillan Christmas Oratorio, LPO, Elder, RFH review – a new star for the season

Boyd Tonkin

The shadow of the cross falls over James MacMillan’s manger. You may come for his work’s consoling, even transporting, beauty and mystery. It’s there in abundance in his new Christmas Oratorio. Yet what may grip hardest are his passages of crashing dread and horror. For MacMillan, the incarnation in Bethlehem triggers a journey across human suffering that only redemption, through Christ’s crucifixion, can close.

Measure for Measure, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - this problem play is a delight

Tom Birchenough

Measure for Measure may be the quintessential Shakespearean “problem” play, but just what has earned it that epithet remains a quandary. Each generation approaches the matter from its own perspective. The developments of recent years, #MeToo most of all, have given new resonance to one of its central themes, the imbalance of law over nature and the quality of justice, but the play’s “resolution”, if it can even be called that, leaves the questions open.

Hanslip, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Stoller Hall...

Robert Beale

Manchester’s oldest chamber orchestra has been gathering a new audience at the Stoller Hall in Chetham’s School of Music since that auditorium opened...

Music Reissues Weekly: Once Upon A Time In The...

Kieron Tyler

The picture seen above doesn’t have quite the same resonance as Art Kane’s 1958 shot A Great Day in Harlem which brought 57 American jazz musicians...

Zingari/Tosca Suite, Opera Rara, Rizzi, Cadogan...

David Nice

Two major composers took Pushkin’s narrative poem The Gypsies as the subject for two very different operas. The 19 year old Rachmaninov in 1892 had...

Life of Pi, Wyndham's Theatre review - visually ravishing show uplifted by astonishing puppetry

Rachel Halliburton

Despite its deceptive lightness, at heart this is a dark terrifying story

Starstruck, Scottish Ballet review - smart, sassy and cinematic

Jenny Gilbert

A ballet by Gene Kelly from 1960 gets new wings

Hellbound, Netflix review - supernatural assassins usher in an age of terror

Adam Sweeting

Nightmare alternative reality from director Yeon Sang-ho

The Courtauld Gallery - the old place, just better

Florence Hallett

After a three-year redevelopment, one of the UK's finest galleries is better than ever

Hedvig Mollestad, National Jazz Scene, Oslo review - watch out, there’s a storm about

Kieron Tyler

Norway’s jazz individualist launches her new album ‘Tempest Revisited’ with a bang

Feng, CBSO, Wilson, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - effortless expression

Richard Bratby

Big emotions and unexpected connections, played with matchless style

The Power of the Dog review - of rawhide and roses

Graham Fuller

Jane Campion's 1920s Western nails the lid on rugged masculinity

Paul Weller, Barrowland, Glasgow review - Modfather holding back father time with old and new tricks

Jonathan Geddes

A lengthy set spotlighted the veteran's creativity and stubbornness

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn review - viral venom in Bucharest

Graham Fuller

Radu Jude's satire takes the sword to Romania's hideous past and present

theartsdesk on Vinyl 67: Squid, The Beatles, Beach Riot, Black Sabbath, Quantic, Heiko Maile and more

Thomas H Green

The biggest, most wide-ranging, regular vinyl reviews in the galaxy

Final Account review - documentary confronting the last survivors of the Nazi era

Saskia Baron

Luke Holland's swan song is a powerful legacy left on film

Tchetuev, LPO, Larsen-Maguire, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne review - sunshine by the sea

Ian Julier

Recreative energy from a conductor to watch, fantasy from a fine Ukrainian pianist

Peter Robison: Flying Blind review – a story of decline and crawl

John Carvill

The galling account of the 737 MAX Boeing tragedies

Imogen Cooper, Wigmore Hall review - calm waters run deep

Boyd Tonkin

A piano journey down the river of musical time

The Good Life, Richmond Theatre review - popular sitcom gets its own origin story

Gary Naylor

Tom, Barbara, Jerry and Margo are back in the '70s, but with a message for today

Lubaina Himid, Tate Modern review – more explication please

Sarah Kent

A carnival of characters looking forwards as well as backwards

Kim, RSNO, Stockhammer, Usher Hall, Edinburgh review - bold programming survives a replacement

Christopher Lambton

Fascinating sequence culminates in heartrending Brahms from a young master

The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin review - fabulous art, not sure about the framing

Jenny Gilbert

Exhibition on Screen offers a catch-up for those who missed the RA show

Album: Kenny G - New Standards

Sebastian Scotney

Stultifyingly slow and near-lifeless

Music Reissues Weekly: Box Of Pin-Ups - The British Sounds of 1965, Think I'm Going Weird - Original Artefacts From The British Psychedelic Scene 1966-68

Kieron Tyler

Box sets nailing the musical unpredictability of the years 1965 to 1968

Paris Photo 2021 review - a moveable feast

Bill Knight

Paris Photo returns, in a new temporary home

Scenes from the Wild, Morgan, CLS, Paterson, Southwark Cathedral review - a cornucopia of the seasons

David Nice

Cheryl Frances-Hoad's 90-minute song cycle should be a winner when the words emerge

The Unforgivable review - Sandra Bullock gets stuck in a doom-struck rut

Adam Sweeting

Movie version of Sally Wainwright TV thriller can't live up to its potential

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Mill, Birmingham review – Geordie rockers blow the roof off

Guy Oddy

Raucous Tynesiders finally tour last year’s Viscerals album

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