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Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Tommy Smith

Graham Rickson

Beethoven: Symphonies 5-8 Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra/Lan Shui (Orchid)Lively speeds which never sound hurried. Sparky, well-articulated playing, the period brass adding a...

CD: Britney Spears - Glory

Katie Colombus

On first listen, Queen Britney's new album is nothing more than a glorious booty call. I'm no prude, but listening to her sensual requests in musical form feels like earwigging on...

Fleabag, BBC Three

Jasper Rees

Have you seen Fleabag yet? If not, here’s the one-word review: brilliant. You need three hours to watch the lot on the iPlayer, which is BBC Three’s main address these days. Do...

Prom 53: Stadler, RLPO, Petrenko

Helen Wallace

He still looks every inch the golden boy, but Vasily Petrenko has just turned 40, and next month celebrates a decade with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Time well spent, as...

Blu-ray: Women in Love

Kieron Tyler

Women in Love was Ken Russell’s first cinema film to directly reflect his work in television. He had directed The Billion Dollar Brain (1967), but that was an adaptation of a Len...

Julieta

Markie Robson-Scott

Red, the colour of blood, passion, love and hate, is Almodóvar’s trademark and in Julieta, his 20th film (and surely one of his most visually lustrous), it’s never far away. It’s...

Soulful Islamic passion: the Najmuddin Saifuddin group

Peter Culshaw

Qawwali music is amongst the most soulful, passionate music in the world. Many people have discovered it through the...

CD: Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into Being

Thomas H Green

One of popular music’s mightiest talents, Leonard Cohen, at the age of 82, has a new album out in the Autumn, the fabulously...

They Drink It in the Congo, Almeida Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Do you carry a small part of the Congo every day on your person? Probably. Your mobile phone will contain coltan, aka...

theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord

David Nice

More than just a great and serious pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes is a Mensch. His special gift in recent years has been to bring...

CD: Morgan Delt - Phase Zero

Kieron Tyler

In 1966, David Warner assumed the title role in Karel Reisz’s satire Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment. The film’s...

Ripper Street, Series 4, BBC Two

Mark Sanderson

H Division has a new home in Whitechapel that basks in the white heat of the technological revolution. The police station...

Prom 49: Quincy Jones Prom, Royal Albert Hall

Andrew Cartmel

As I waited outside the entrance to the Royal Albert Hall, someone leaned over to me and said: “My cocaine is to your left...

Edinburgh 2016: Angel by Henry Naylor/ Horse in Careful/ Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

Veronica Lee

Angel by Henry Naylor, Gilded Balloon ★★★★Rehana tells us what her hometown Kobane, in Syria, is like – “A small border...

DVD/Blu-ray: Sid & Nancy

Kieron Tyler

As this year has been designated the 40th anniversary of punk rock hitting the UK, there’s no surprise that Alex Cox’s Sid...

Prom 48: Weilerstein, BBC Scottish SO, Pintscher

Peter Quantrill

If you go down to the woods today, to be sure of a big surprise is a contradiction in terms, but this pair of sylvan...

Edinburgh Festival 2016: Alan Cumming/ The Glass Menagerie/ Mark Thomas

David Kettle

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs ★★★★★ Is this even theatre? Hardly – cabaret, more like, as Scottish actor-author-...

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Zoë Coombs Marr/ Randy/ Sarah Callaghan

Veronica Lee

Zoë Coombs Marr, Underbelly Cowgate ★★★Zoë Coombs Marr's debut show last year, Dave, gained a lot of attention, and rightly...

CD: De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody

Joe Muggs

De La Soul are the posterboys for creative longevity in hip hop. While some contemporaries have maintained a presence by...

Proms at...Roundhouse: London Sinfonietta, Gourlay

Helen Wallace

Some enchanted afternoon in Camden Town… the Proms returned to the Roundhouse after four decades with a dreamlike fusion of...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Betty Davis, Jeanette Jones

Kieron Tyler

Despite their different paths in the Seventies, the final years of the Sixties saw parallels between Betty Davis and...

There's Something about Romcoms, Channel 4

Marina Vaizey

Ever since Britain shipped Cary Grant across the Atlantic, the romcom has been a transatlantic English-language staple. This...

CD: Divine Comedy - Foreverland

Matthew Wright

With ten albums over a quarter-century, Neil Hannon and Divine Comedy don’t have too many surprises left. Most fans will...

Prom 45: The Makropulos Affair, BBCSO, Bělohlávek

David Nice

Karel Čapek, the great Czech writer who pioneered some of the most prophetic dramatic fantasies of the early 20th century,...

 

SOULFUL ISLAMIC PASSION The Najmuddin Saifuddin group on a rare tour

JULIETA Almodóvar's moving portrait of a mother's grief, adapted from Alice Munro

EDINBURGH 2016 Angel by Henry Naylor / Horse in Careful / Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

CD: WARHAUS - WE FUCKED A FLAME INTO BEING Belgian singer stylishly realises ten tracks of doomed torch pop

PROM 49: QUINCY JONES PROM A towering career is celebrated in style

BLU-RAY: WOMEN IN LOVE Exemplary package celebrating Ken Russell’s compelling DH Lawrence adaptation

disc of the day

CD: Britney Spears - Glory

Has the Queen of Comebacks done it again?

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tv

Fleabag, BBC Three

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's brilliant dark comedy about loneliness and grief

Ripper Street, Series 4, BBC Two

A slow start back in Whitechapel: London busy before Jubilee

There's Something about Romcoms, Channel 4

Thirty years of the romantic comedy remembered with wit by leading players

film

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top films out now

Blu-ray: Women in Love

Exemplary package celebrating Ken Russell’s compelling DH Lawrence adaptation

Julieta

Almodóvar's moving portrait of a mother's grief, adapted from Alice Munro

new music

CD: Britney Spears - Glory

Has the Queen of Comebacks done it again?

Soulful Islamic passion: the Najmuddin Saifuddin group

It can be dangerous to sing Qawwali - the greatest group of recent times is on a rare tour

CD: Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into Being

Belgian singer stylishly realises ten tracks of doomed torch pop

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Tommy Smith

German symphonies, Russian chamber music and Scottish history through the ears of a saxophonist

Prom 53: Stadler, RLPO, Petrenko

Ravishing night of Russian greats and young artists from the Liverpool Phil

theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord

A half-Norwegian voyage around 1828 from Leif Ove Andsnes and friends

opera

Prom 45: The Makropulos Affair, BBCSO, Bělohlávek

Karita Mattila, in incandescent company, is Janáček's long-lived diva to the life

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Glyndebourne

Peter Hall's magical production continues to weave its spell on Britten's opera

The Exterminating Angel, Die Liebe der Danae, Salzburg Festival

Brilliant ensemble in Adès's new opera trumps a meaningless Strauss staging

theatre

Six of the best: Theatre

Lee Hall's miraculous 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' leads theartsdesk's stage tips

They Drink It in the Congo, Almeida Theatre

New drama about the Congo is absorbing, but too long, too messy and too complex

Edinburgh 2016: Angel by Henry Naylor/ Horse in Careful/ Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

Theatre highlights from the world's biggest and best arts festival

visual arts

theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord

A half-Norwegian voyage around 1828 from Leif Ove Andsnes and friends

Colour, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Treasures jostle with texts to explore the art and science of manuscript illumination

Stubbs and the Wild, Holburne Museum, Bath

Known as a painter of horses, the 18th-century artist captured an entire menagerie

dance

The Flames of Paris, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Emotion and politics skilfully combine in Ratmansky's old-new ballet about the French Revolution

The Taming of the Shrew, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Unfeminist comedy in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Shakespeare ballet

Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

A peerless Odette almost makes up for production's psychological shortcomings

comedy

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Zoë Coombs Marr/ Randy/ Sarah Callaghan

Latest instalment of comedy from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Richard Gadd/ Kieran Hodgson/ Nazeem Hussain

Another batch of comedy highlights from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Bridget Christie/ Adam Kay/ Rachel Parris

Comedy highlights from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

No Man's Sky

The sky is not the limit in this open-universe adventure

Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV

The experimental narrative takes to the water with mixed results

Pokémon Go

Game or viral phenomenon? Who cares - let's go hunting

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