sat 30/04/2016

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CD: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Katie Colombus

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Well, Beyoncé took the fruits of her musical labour, those of the black women before her and those hanging between her...

Daniel Kramer for ENO Artistic Director: cause for cautious optimism?

David Nice

Within the wounded, divided company of English National Opera – artists and administration still at loggerheads – the buzz is surprisingly positive. CEO Cressida Pollock does...

Alberto Giacometti, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

Marina Vaizey

An exceptionally wide-ranging exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings and lithographs by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) commemorates the 50th anniversary of his death....

Classical CDs Weekly: Ibert, Martinů, Ravel

Graham Rickson

Ibert: Orchestral music Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)Eighty-two minutes of Jacques Ibert’s music may seem a lot to digest in one go, but this disc provides...

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two at the 50th Brighton Festival!

Thomas H Green

Brighton Festival is a fantastic, exhilarating, leading annual celebration of the arts, with events taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for...

Son of Saul

Saskia Baron

In the world of the concentration camp, clothes or the lack of them sealed your fate. What you wore marked out your role; whether it was the blue-gray Waffen SS uniform, a doctor’...

Il Vologeso, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall

David Nice

A mere 10 minutes in to this concert performance of an 18th century delight by Neapolitan Niccolò Jommelli, you knew the...

10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

Thomas H Green

Debashish Bhattacharya (b 1963) is India’s leading lap steel guitar player. Equally happy in the worlds of Indian...

Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Left, alone, Hans Abrahamsen’s new piano concerto for the left hand, swirls out of the darkness to a jagged motor rhythm....

Line of Duty, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

At last, after three series, Line of Duty delivered a denouement that felt like a satisfying jackhammer to the solar plexus...

DVD: Tootsie

Saskia Baron

It’s fascinating to revisit Tootsie, some 30 years after its original success – in 1982 it was the biggest comedy hit of all...

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 16 - Santana, Yeasayer and loads more

Thomas H Green

The recent Alien Day was a contrived event designed to sell as much tat related to the Alien film franchise as possible....

John Piper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Florence Hallett

You wouldn't judge a painting on how it would look in your own home, but textiles are different: in fact it is exactly this...

Glennie, Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Kings Place

David Nice

It is a truth not widely acknowledged in the UK as yet that Robin Ticciati's elder brother Hugo is no less fine a shaper of...

The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

David Kettle

And so, it’s farewell to Mark Thomson with his final production as artistic director of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, after 13...

Elegy, Donmar Warehouse

Aleks Sierz

Playwright Nick Payne has carved out a distinctive dramatic territory – neuroscience. In his big 2012 hit, Constellations,...

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire without Limit, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

The world of antiquity, from Greece to Rome, is both so familiar and so unknown. So it was more than welcome when the...

Golden Years

David Kettle

There’s a great film waiting to be made about the demographic crisis – old-age poverty, worthless pensions, abuse of the...

Jazz FM Awards 2016

Peter Quinn

A diverse mix of musicians from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond were honoured at the third Jazz FM Awards on...

CD: Ry X - Dawn

Thomas H Green

Ry “X” Cuming is an Australian singer with an unpleasing Hoxtonite beard. And he certainly gets about. He first came to...

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera

Gavin Dixon

Tim Albery’s 2010 production of Wagner's Tannhäuser is back for a revival at Royal Opera, featuring a different conductor...

The Fall, The Garage

Tim Cumming

It's the first night of The Fall's four-night residency at The Garage in Highbury, north London, a suitably small venue to...

Demolition

Ed Owen

How would you behave if your wife was killed in a random car accident? In Demolition, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Davis, a wealthy...

Travels with My Aunt, Chichester Festival Theatre

Bella Todd

Smoking weed on the Orient Express. Drinking at a brothel in Paris. Tricking the military police in Istanbul. Smuggling a Da...

 

LINE OF DUTY, SERIES 3 FINALE, BBC TWO Vicki McClure takes charge in pulsating showdown to round off gripping series

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL: VOLUME 16 - SANTANA, YEASAYER AND MORE From Emmylou Harris to German jazz and London techno, all the new vinyl action is here

THE FALL, THE GARAGE An evening of unearthly delights with the Wise Ol' Man of rock'n'roll

ELEGY, DONMAR WAREHOUSE New drama which explores brain science and female relationships is a bit too slight

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Rousing romp from the Marvel universe is funny, sad, satirical and spectacular

IL VOLOGESO, CLASSICAL OPERA, CADOGAN HALL A gem from 1766 offers pure delight in perfect casting and playing

disc of the day

CD: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé's personal and political project is dark, visual and deeply spiritual

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Brighton Festival

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two at the 50th Brighton Festival!

Prize includes hotel, a meal and event tickets

DVD: Pink String and Sealing Wax

Sub-texts galore in grade-A Ealing melodrama

10 Questions for Musician Beth Orton

The singer-songwriter talks about California, EDM, music-making, money and more

tv

Line of Duty, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two

Vicki McClure takes charge in pulsating showdown to round off gripping series

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire without Limit, BBC Two

How did all the roads in the ancient world end up leading to Rome?

Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion, BBC Two

Sympathetic documentary throws new light on a woefully familiar topic

film

Son of Saul

Dead man walking: Hungarian exploration of the closed universe of Auschwitz-Birkenau

DVD: Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to become a better man in a lovingly crafted screwball comedy

Golden Years

Gentle comedy about elderly bank-robbers ends up reconfirming the very cliches it sets out to challenge

new music

CD: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé's personal and political project is dark, visual and deeply spiritual

10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

The Indian raga slide guitar genius talks Hawaii, Brighton, punk rock and more

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 16 - Santana, Yeasayer and loads more

From Emmylou Harris to German jazz to London techno, all the new vinyl action is here

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Ibert, Martinů, Ravel

Czech piano trios and fireworks from 20th century France

Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham

An instant classic from Hans Abrahamsen, and Mahler in inverted commas

Glennie, Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Kings Place

Percussion and strings, contemporary and Tchaikovsky, brilliantly interwoven

opera

Daniel Kramer for ENO Artistic Director: cause for cautious optimism?

Can the new incumbent hold out against the company's impoverishment?

Il Vologeso, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall

A gem from 1766 offers pure delight in perfect casting and playing

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera

Superior cast elevates revival of Albery’s serviceable production

theatre

The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

A fast-moving, thoughtful Homer adaptation marks Mark Thomson's last production in charge of the Lyceum

Elegy, Donmar Warehouse

New drama which explores brain science and female relationships is a bit too slight

Travels with My Aunt, Chichester Festival Theatre

Patricia Hodge is 70 years young as she globe-trots through musical adaptation of Graham Greene

visual arts

Alberto Giacometti, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

A one-of-a-kind artist gains context and depth surrounded by his contemporaries

John Piper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Intimately connected to his paintings, the artist's textiles remain mysterious

Sicily: Culture and Conquest, British Museum

For centuries, invading armies, migrants and merchants have shaped the art of Italy's southern outpost: can an exhibition do it justice?

dance

BalletBoyz, Life, Sadler's Wells

Controversial choreographer Javier de Frutos fakes own death, steals show

Mariinsky Ballet: Concerto DSCH, Sacre, Wales Millennium Centre

A flying visit from St Petersburg, without the swans

She Said, English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Tamara Rojo explores her inner Diaghilev in a fascinating bill of new work

comedy

Victoria Wood: 'Please could you repeat the question?'

She was the most gifted comedian of her generation, male or female

10 Questions for Comedian Alexei Sayle

The Liverpudlian Surrealist talks film, music and imaginary sandwich bars

Jena Friedman, Soho Theatre

Sparkling political comedy from the US stand-up

gaming

Ratchet & Clank

Spit and polish trumps bodge it and scarper

Miitomo

Nintendo makes a surprising choice for its first mobile app

Dark Souls III

Snap defeat from the jaws of victory in this hardcore RPG action adventure

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