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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Schumann, Strauss

Graham Rickson

Brahms: Symphonies 1-4, Piano Concertos 1 and 2, Violin Concerto Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann with Maurizio Pollini (piano) and Lisa Batiashvili (violin) (DG)Another...

Silent Planet, Finborough Theatre

Miriam Gillinson

Russian prisoner Gavriil is telling his psychiatrist a story about a strange and frightening dragon who demands a female sacrifice from the local townsfolk every year. When...

CD: AC/DC – Rock or Bust

Adam Sweeting

The future's uncertain and the end is always near, as Jim Morrison put it, and you wonder how long Oz's antique rockers can keep cranking it up. After 41 years, most of them...

Sci-Fi Week: Space Rock

Kieron Tyler

In 1971, the British rock group UFO released their second album. Titled One Hour Space Rock, its cover bore the sub-title Flying and, yes, images of UFOs in the form of flying...

Sci-Fi Week: Through the eyes of JG Ballard

Fisun Güner

A sci-fi special would be incomplete without the profoundly influential figure of JG Ballard, a writer who, when he began his career in the late Fifties, fully subscribed to the...

Lily Allen, Brighton Centre

Thomas H Green

There is an odd moment about halfway through Lily Allen’s set. Clad in a shaggy white mini dress akin to a Puli dog’s coat, she announces the next song will divide the audience...

J-Sonics, The Hideaway, Streatham

Matthew Wright

Last night Latin jazzers J-Sonics confirmed their reputation as one of the most compelling proponents of the delicate art of...

Pelléas et Mélisande, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

Alexandra Coghlan

In an operatic world in which the director is an increasingly despotic king, it’s good to be reminded that, sometimes, not...

We Made It: Salmon Smoker Ole Martin-Hansen

Joe Muggs

Food, of course, is one of the places where the principles of our We Made It series are often best expressed. And in a...

Hockney

Marina Vaizey

David Hockney was continually rejuvenated by his transatlantic commuting. The painter, printmaker, draughtsman,...

LittleBigPlanet 3

Simon Munk

Before Minecraft there was LittleBigPlanet. This series lets you jump around cute homespun platform levels, then go in and...

Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty, Channel 5

Marina Vaizey

Dan Jones has turned up to narrate the dramatised story of the Plantagenets in history lite mode, perhaps aimed at capturing...

Kasabian, Brighton Centre

Thomas H Green

It has become a staunch tradition that Kasabian gigs end with their fourth single, 2004’s “L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)”. By...

The National, O2 Arena

Matthew Wright

Until recently, The National were a band for the knowing connoisseur, best known for their wry wit and tasteful guitar...

Sci-Fi Week: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Graham Fuller

No Gravity or Interstellar has challenged the might and influence of 2001: A Space Odyssey: its re-release this week is one...

Olga Chernysheva, Pace Gallery

Sarah Kent

Printed large in glorious colour is a row of photographs of Russian women wearing bobble hats (main picture and pictured...

The Legacy, Sky Arts 1

Jasper Rees

It’s a dark and Danish so of course there is a body. But it’s not that sort of body. The Legacy parts company from what we...

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

Graham Rickson

Classical composers have always enjoyed depicting the implausible. Operas based on mythological subjects abound, creating...

Sacred Monsters, Khan/Guillem, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

There is a special poignancy to these performances of Sacred Monsters, Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan's terrific 2006 joint...

OAE, Tognetti, Queen Elizabeth Hall

David Nice

As I sat, engaged and occasionally charmed but not always as impressed as I’d been told I would be, through violinist-...

Don Quixote, Royal Ballet

Jenny Gilbert

The 1871 ballet that goes by the name of Don Quixote has always been a challenge to stage. Barely a tenth of its two hours-...

Stations of the Cross

Tom Birchenough

There is ice at the heart of German director’s Dietrich Brueggemann’s Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg). Winner of this year’...

Dara Ó Bríain, Touring

Veronica Lee

It's always an education to see a comic – now a part of the British comedy establishment – performing a gig in his...

Posh People: Inside Tatler, BBC Two

Fisun Güner

It won’t come as much of a surprise to find that the staff at Tatler are a bit on the posh side – who’d have thought? – but...

 

SACRED MONSTERS, KHAN/GUILLEM, SADLER'S WELLS Dance approaches religious experience in the hands of two truly magnificent artists

THE NATIONAL, O2 ARENA Newer songs have their subtleties quashed by the demands of rock's big tent

THE LEGACY, SKY ARTS 1 Danish family saga promises heavy weather. Don't miss it

SCI-FI WEEK: SCORING THE IMPOSSIBLE How can music express the unimaginable? 

OLGA CHERNYSHEVA, PACE GALLERY A Russian artist who casts an affectionate eye over people going about their business 

disc of the day

CD: Trish Clowes – Pocket Compass

Clowes' third album condenses and refines her exquisite control of instrumental colour

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Bringing the taste of the midnight sun to Stoke Newington

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Ground-breaking improviser on the live composing kit he's had built from scratch

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film

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Randall Wright's documentary reveals the sadness in Bradford's iconic blond

Sci-Fi Week: 2001: A Space Odyssey

The unassailable mother ship of science fiction movies is a sacred cow

DVD: Diary of a Lost Girl

Louise Brooks lights up Pabst's melodrama of a young girl's road to ruin and redemption

tv

Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty, Channel 5

Horrible history and medieval mayhem as the Plantaganets get the soap treatment

The Legacy, Sky Arts 1

Danish family saga promises heavy weather. Don't miss it

Posh People: Inside Tatler, BBC Two

Entertaining enough, but this three-parter is about as vapid as its subject

new music

CD: AC/DC – Rock or Bust

Ancient Australian combo defy the odds and turn it up to 11

Sci-Fi Week: Space Rock

Rock and pop’s fascination with realms beyond the Earth’s atmosphere

Lily Allen, Brighton Centre

The pithy princess of femme-pop on affable rather than thrilling form

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Schumann, Strauss

German romantic music, from Edinburgh, Dresden and Melbourne

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

How can music express the unimaginable?

OAE, Tognetti, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Australian live-wire violinist leads classical and romantic string music with varying success

opera

Pelléas et Mélisande, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

A Pelléas of echoes and allusions, a dramatic revelation

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, English National Opera

Grace and pain stunningly interwoven in Adams's rich score and Sellars's luminous staging

L'Elisir d'Amore, Royal Opera

The sun shines out of Vittorio Grigolo's behind in a strong revival of Laurent Pelly's production

theatre

Silent Planet, Finborough Theatre

Russian-set play is fascinating but skimps on the fear

Saxon Court, Southwark Playhouse

Brassy office comedy recalls the early days of financial crisis

Piranha Heights, Old Red Lion Theatre

Excitingly relevant revival of Philip Ridley’s 2008 play about sibling rivalry and feral teenagers

visual arts

Sci-Fi Week: Through the eyes of JG Ballard

The writer was profoundly influenced by art and in turn influenced artists

Olga Chernysheva, Pace Gallery

A Russian artist who casts an affectionate eye over people going about their business

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection

On the men and women who spent their lives researching sex

dance

Sacred Monsters, Khan/Guillem, Sadler's Wells

Dance approaches religious experience in the hands of two truly magnificent artists

Don Quixote, Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta's sunny romp of a production returns, with improvements

Triptych, Rambert, Sadler's Wells

Great dancers in long programme of new work by Baldwin, Jeyasingh and Page

comedy

Dara Ó Bríain, Touring

Irish comic is on cracking form on home turf

Noel Fielding, Eventim Apollo

Surreal fun from a delightfully playful comic

John Bishop, Touring

Short on jokes but long on charm

gaming

LittleBigPlanet 3

Child's play? This platform game with editor doesn't quite gel for kids or adults

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