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Classical CDs Weekly: Copland, Henry Mancini, Schumann

Graham Rickson

 Copland: Appalachian Spring, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson Emma Matthews (soprano), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey (ABC Classics)If you or I were to sit at a...

Match of the Day at 50, BBC One

Matthew Wright

For most of us, reaching the age of 50 prompts a mature recognition of faded aspirations, balanced by some degree of respect, influence, and tender familial consolation. Most...

The Kate Bush Story: Running Up that Hill, BBC Four

Matthew Wright

Kate Bush’s return to live performance next week, after 35 years’ absence, has been one of the defining features of this musical year. Her announcement, in March, of the...

Prom 47: Britten War Requiem, CBSO, BBC Proms Youth Choir, Nelsons

Edward Seckerson

Nothing has resonated through the unfolding First World War commemorations more than the poetry of Wilfred Owen; and in terms of its grim immediacy and enduring heartbreak nothing...

Lucy

Jasper Rees

Luc Besson has always venerated the ladies, preferably trousered types with lashings of spunk. You can tick them all off: Isabelle Adjani in Subway, the felon-assassin Nikita,...

Wall, Mørk, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Davis, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Edinburgh Festival debut was the most telling example yet of the 2014 festival’s disregard for conventional concert programming. A programme...

Road Not Taken

Simon Munk

Don't believe the cute visual style – Road Not Taken is a cold, dark and punishingly cruel puzzle game. It will challenge...

Prom 46: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim

David Nice

By the time we got to the end of this Prom, with four of the five encores – the whole of Bizet’s Carmen Suite – cannily...

Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four

Fisun Güner

Eight seconds in and my toes were already curling. Perhaps it was the authority with which the voiceover delivered some...

See Rock City & Other Destinations, Union Theatre

Marianka Swain

Shared yearning for a place to belong is not a revelatory concept, nor is it given new dimension in this gently saccharine...

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: MurleyDance

Hanna Weibye

MurleyDance is something of an oddity in the world of small independent dance companies, in that it proudly wears pointe...

Into the Storm

Matt Wolf

One isn't long into the latest weather-related doomsday movie before a nagging question occurs: did the script for this late...

Gnosis, Akram Khan, King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Hanna Weibye

In keeping with the trends of recent years, the Edinburgh International Festival is showcasing a small but eclectic dance...

What If

Matt Wolf

For an actor whose post-Potter CV has been so wide-ranging - an Irish cripple on stage one minute, a young widowed lawyer in...

Young Vets, BBC Two

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Britain, as Tamsin Greig’s soothing voiceover told us at the top of this hour, is a nation in love with its animals. Still,...

Prom 43: Skride, BBCSO, Gardner

Edward Seckerson

The Russians were coming - and the prospect of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, even without the added attraction of hearing it...

Two Days, One Night

Emma Simmonds

The positioning of Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (one of the few actresses to have confidently made that tricky transition...

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Chris Turner/ BEASTS/ Angela Barnes/ Show Pony

Veronica Lee

Chris Turner: Pretty Fly, Pleasance Courtyard ****This is Chris Turner's debut show as a stand-up, although his previous...

I, CULTURE Orchestra, Karabits, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

It is easy to be blinded by the sensational history of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, the “Leningrad”. We cannot forget...

Charulata

Tom Birchenough

Calcutta director Satyajit Ray was a colossus of cinema whose work often bridged the gap between his native Indian –...

Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House

Hanna Weibye

It sure feels like longer than three weeks since the Mariinsky rolled into town – at least if you’re one of London’s ballet...

The Great War: The People's Story, ITV

Tom Birchenough

The best thing about The Great War: The People’s Story is the variety of intonations and accents that reveal the characters...

10 Questions for Horn Player Sarah Willis

Jasper Rees

Sarah Willis's day job is as a member of the horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic. In recent years she has also become a...

theartsdesk in Verbier: Festival with Fireworks

Alexandra Coghlan

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is dominated by the doleful clang of cowbells. They are an other-worldly intrusion into an otherwise...

 

PROM 46: WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA, BARENBOIM Subtle touches but too little passionate abandon in this fine team's lopsided programme

INTO THE STORM Weather-related disaster movie loses its script to the elements 

CD: JAMES YORKSTON - THE CELLARDYKE RECORDING AND WASSAILING SOCIETY A soft delivery and deceptively conversational tone hide a powerful writer

EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL: SCOTLAND TO OUTER SPACE Anticipating the independence referendum, questions of Scottish identity fill the air

YOUNG VETS, BBC TWO Watchable docu-soap provides plenty of cuddly pets to coo over

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2014: MURLEYDANCE Independent ballet company gives engaging performances of mixed-quality material

disc of the day

DVD: Cycling with Moliere

High theatricality and countyside capers in winning French comedy treat

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film

Lucy

Scarlett Johansson as a kickass brainiac is Luc Besson's latest superheroine fantasy

DVD: Cycling with Moliere

High theatricality and countyside capers in winning French comedy treat

Into the Storm

Weather-related disaster movie loses its script to the elements

tv

Match of the Day at 50, BBC One

Giddy self-regard only lets up briefly in a circus of expensively-tanned backs being slapped

The Kate Bush Story: Running Up that Hill, BBC Four

A great compendium of Bush's back catalogue, though the talking heads are hit and miss

Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four

Does James Fox have anything interesting to say? Judging from this series, no

new music

CD: Roni Size - Take Kontrol

Drum & bass don returns with an album whose quality improves as it progresses

CD: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Muscular blues-rock debut from Brighton duo

Reissue CDs Weekly: Wire

A still-challenging artefact from art-punk provocateurs

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Copland, Henry Mancini, Schumann

Well-known tunes from influential Americans and a German romantic in cerebral mood

Prom 47: Britten War Requiem, CBSO, BBC Proms Youth Choir, Nelsons

Finely focused reading from Nelsons and the CBSO rings true and powerful

Wall, Mørk, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Davis, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Heartfelt Schumann outplays heavyweight Strauss and lunatic Grainger

opera

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Schoolboy humour transforms Handel's opera into a deliciously adult drama

Alright on the Night: at Glyndebourne with the OAE

The view from the pit as Handel's 'Rinaldo' returns to leafiest East Sussex

Prom 28: D'Orazio, Clayton, BBCSO, Oramo

A great Stravinskyan king and queen surpass mood music for electric violin and strings

theatre

See Rock City & Other Destinations, Union Theatre

The emotional voyage takes literal form in this heartfelt if generic new musical

Six of the best: Theatre

Let the right Mormons in: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse

This irresolute jarhead musical is a lover, not a fighter

visual arts

Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities, BBC Four

Does James Fox have anything interesting to say? Judging from this series, no

Edinburgh Art Festival: Scotland to outer space

Anticipating the independence referendum, questions of Scottish identity fill the air

The Beauty of Anatomy, BBC Four

Adam Rutherford's exploration of Leonardo and the dark art of human dissection

dance

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: MurleyDance

Independent ballet company gives engaging performances of mixed-quality material

Gnosis, Akram Khan, King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Gorgeous rhythm from Kathak legend

Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House

A brash, strident, but ultimately likeable close to the season

comedy

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Chris Turner/ BEASTS/ Angela Barnes/ Show Pony

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Bridget Christie/ Men in the Cities/ Lazy Susan/ Outings

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

Road Not Taken

It looks cute, but this puzzle game has a chilling heart…

Duet

A challenge that combines fast reactions with graceful movement

Wayward Souls

A fast-moving RPG with plenty of replay value

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