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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Richard Thompson

Russ Coffey

On paper, Richard Thompson's career seems every bit as exotic as one of his songs. At the age of 18 he helped found folk-rock pioneers, Fairport Convention. Later, in the...

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, James Horner, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic

Graham Rickson

Bach to Moog: A Realisation for Electronics and Orchestra Craig Leon (Moog synthesizers and conductor), Jennifer Pike (violin), Sinfonietta Cracovia (Sony)Each new year throws up...

Rock 'n' Roll America, BBC Four

Barney Harsent

One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock rock… For those who orchestrated the swing from blues to rock ‘n’ roll, it’s getting late. Like the Chelsea pensioners, their numbers are...

Terminator Genisys

Jasper Rees

Oh Arnie. For two terms Arnold Schwarzenegger retooled himself as the Governator who could save California from debt, drought and Democrats. By the time his term ended, the...

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's Globe

Alexandra Coghlan

If Simon McBurney’s Measure for Measure for the National Theatre and Declan Donnellan’s recent Cheek By Jowl production mined deep for darkness, Dominic Dromgoole’s for the Globe...

Zimerman, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Peter Quantrill

Over the past decade Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle have created and evolved a performing idea of Brahms’s D minor piano concerto which is still remarkable for its...

CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

Thomas H Green

Apart from Simon Reynolds paying tribute in Rip It Up And Start Again, his definitive history of post-punk – notably to the...

Albert Herring, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

Alexandra Coghlan

Some of the best nights of opera to be had in London come courtesy of students. It’s not something we talk enough about,...

NYCC, NYJO, Southwark Cathedral

David Nice

Cleopatra in her barge gliding down the nave of Southwark Cathedral? Only figuratively, in the hypnotic “Half the Fun”...

Desktop Dungeons

Stuart Houghton

At first glance, Desktop Dungeons is a slick update on the classic "roguelike" dungeon adventure. You move your hero around...

theartsdesk at Glastonbury Festival 2015

Caspar Gomez

Caspar Gomez stays offline at Glastonbury. This report arrived at theartsdesk two days later handwritten by fax with an...

AMY

Kieron Tyler

“I don’t think I could handle it, I think I’d go mad.” It’s the sort of answer given by anyone asked how they’d react to...

Orson Welles: The Great Disruptor

Demetrios Matheou

No-one could joke about the tragic aspect of Orson Welles’s career, the fact that his inestimable promise had only been...

Linneaus Tripe, Victoria & Albert Museum

Marina Vaizey

Linnaeus Tripe? Shades of a minor character in Dickens or Trollope, but in fact the resoundingly named Tripe (1822-1902) was...

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

Geoffrey Rush has done it, Gyles Brandreth has done it, Stephen Fry came close to doing it, and now David Suchet is giving...

DVD: The Man with the Golden Arm

Kieron Tyler

When The Man with the Golden Arm was released in British cinemas in January 1956, it was given an “X” certificate by the...

Imagine... Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer, BBC One

Fisun Güner

Feelings. Whoa whoa whoa feeeelings. Just like that Morris Albert hit of the Seventies for star-crossed lovers everywhere, I...

{150}, National Theatre Wales/Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Dylan Moore

The brackets around {150} are ambiguous, almost apologetic. The 150th anniversary of Y Wladfa (The Colony), the semi-...

The Man Who Sold the World, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Barney Harsent

Normally, if an album as good as The Man Who Sold the World had itself sold the sum total of sod all on release, it would...

Dan Cruickshank's Civilisation Under Attack, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

This was one of the most disturbing, terrifying and informative programmes imaginable, made more so by Dan Cruickshank’s...

CD: Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down the Light

Barney Harsent

The first thing that hits you is the voice. Simultaneously full and fragile; assured, but with a distinctive, backnote graze...

Guillaume Tell, Royal Opera

David Nice

There are two operatic types who should leave Rossini’s epic swansong for the stage well alone. One would usually be a...

Robert Glasper: 'When hip hop took over the world'

Matthew Wright

Pianist and producer Robert Glasper is one of the most versatile and innovative musicians on the scene, working within jazz...

Freedom: The Art of Improvisation Festival, The Vortex, Dalston

Thomas Rees

Freedom Festival, a new event curated by vibes player and electronicist Orphy Robinson and vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, is...

 

TERMINATOR GENISYS Schwarzenegger grins through a grim resurrection for the franchise

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, VAUDEVILLE THEATRE This affectionate production of a classic does what it says on the tin

IMAGINE... JEFF KOONS: DIARY OF A SEDUCER, BBC ONE Just what is it that makes the kitsch-meister American artist so different, so appealing?

THEARTSDESK AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2015 Later and greater than the rest - Glastonbury, the full adventure

 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE, SHAKESPEARES GLOBE Dromgoole lets the light into Shakespeare's darkest comedy in this new production

ORSON WELLES: THE GREAT DISRUPTOR A major BFI retrospective marks the centenary of the director's birth

ZIMERMAN, LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN Young Brahms and old Dvořák in tragic vein

disc of the day

CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

First for 14 years from punk original Mark Perry and band

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We Made It

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Gallery director Alice Workman on housing contemporary art in the threshing barn

We Made It: Jonathan Thomas, Maker

The designer maker on the future of furniture and working with Thomas Heatherwick

We Made It: Rebecca Salter RA

The British artist talks about a life inspired by traditional Japanese crafts

tv

Rock 'n' Roll America, BBC Four

The story of popular music's ground zero had Little Richard and a big impact

Imagine... Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer, BBC One

Just what is it that makes the kitsch-meister American artist so different, so appealing?

Dan Cruickshank's Civilisation Under Attack, BBC Four

After destroying the historic artefacts, Islamic State will destroy the people. Are we planning to stop them?

film

Terminator Genisys

Schwarzenegger grins through a grim resurrection for the franchise

AMY

Profoundly depressing scrutiny of the ascent and decline of Amy Winehouse

Orson Welles: The Great Disruptor

A major BFI retrospective marks the centenary of the director's birth

new music

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Richard Thompson

Folk-rock master on Kanye, songwriting, vagrants, cricket and much besides

CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

First for 14 years from punk original Mark Perry and band

NYCC, NYJO, Southwark Cathedral

Best of Britain's young choristers and jazz musicians in fabulous Shakespeare homage

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, James Horner, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic

Baroque electronics, concert music from a film composer and a multinational youth orchestra

Zimerman, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Young Brahms and old Dvořák in tragic vein

NYCC, NYJO, Southwark Cathedral

Best of Britain's young choristers and jazz musicians in fabulous Shakespeare homage

opera

Albert Herring, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

A joyous and brilliantly funny take on Britten's comic opera

Guillaume Tell, Royal Opera

Strong musical values versus a production incongruent with the aims of a masterpiece

Pappano's Classical Voices, BBC Four

Series about great opera singing begins with the queens of the high Cs

theatre

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's Globe

Dromgoole lets the light into Shakespeare's darkest comedy in this new production

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre

This affectionate production of a classic does what it says on the tin

{150}, National Theatre Wales/Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Bold and technically dazzling, the energy of Marc Rees’ Patagonian tale flags too often

visual arts

Linneaus Tripe, Victoria & Albert Museum

Pioneer photographer who had an empathetic understanding of the Indian subcontinent

Imagine... Jeff Koons: Diary of a Seducer, BBC One

Just what is it that makes the kitsch-meister American artist so different, so appealing?

Gallery: Philip Jones Griffiths' Vietnam

The reportage of the Welsh photojournalist is being celebrated in a new exhibition

dance

Flamencura, Paco Peña Company, Sadler's Wells

Top-quality showcase from some of the best in the business

Alston at Home, The Place

New work outshines old in company showcase

Robbins/MacMillan Triple Bill, Royal Ballet

Company strong, principals less so in tame season finale

comedy

Rob Delaney, QEH

Filthy but funny hour from the US comic

Tommy Tiernan, Soho Theatre

Delightful devilment from the Irishman

Nina Conti, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Wonderfully funny evening with a comedian-ventriloquist at the top of her game

gaming

Desktop Dungeons

A tough challenge that rewards strategic play

Batman: Arkham Knight

The finale of this action-adventure trilogy throws the kitchen sink in

Kholat/Neon Struct

Terrifying orienteering and synth-box sneaking await you in these two polished pebbles...

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