sat 21/01/2017

Classical Buzz

Top Trumps, Theatre 503

matt Wolf

There's an irony to be found in the fact that America's 45th president is already abolishing any and all things to do with the arts even as his ascendancy looks set to provide catnip to artists to a degree not seen since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher.

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Mørk, Bergen Philharmonic, Gardner, Cadogan Hall

Gavin Dixon

The Bergen Philharmonic recently appointed Edward Gardner as its Chief Conductor – ENO’s loss is Bergen’s gain. He is contracted to 2021, so this is the start of a long relationship. On the strength of this concert, the London leg of a UK tour, it is an ideal match.

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Lockwood Kipling, Victoria & Albert Museum

Marina Vaizey

From India, here is a hoard of what really looks like treasure, much of it emerging into the light of day after decades, if not a century.

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Classical CDs Weekly: Strauss, John Bullard, Tania Stavreva

graham Rickson


Strauss: Suites from Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck (Reference Recordings)

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theartsdesk Radio Show 17

peter Culshaw

Another peripatetic global music update from theartsdesk's Peter Culshaw, hosted by Music Box Radio. This edition features forthcoming album releases from hard salsa revivalists La Mambanegra, a remix from heroic desert rockers Tinariwen and electro Tunisian stars Bargou 08.

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CD: Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn

jasper Rees

New releases by Mike Oldfield don’t exactly grow on trees, but nor can they be deemed rarities. For the first three decades he brought out roughly half a dozen a decade. But Return to Ommadawn is only his second since 2008. As the title announces, it tours the landscape of his third album Ommadawn, which he recorded in his own studio at Hergest Ridge in 1975 and played pretty much everything that didn’t require breath (wind instruments and vocals).

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T2 Trainspotting

adam Sweeting

"This had better not be shite, Danny," was the warning delivered to director Danny Boyle from his cast, amazingly reunited from the original Trainspotting 21 years later.

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LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Peter Quantrill

Symphony is a word carrying heavy historical baggage. It’s understandable when composers dig for inspiration elsewhere. All the same, Mark-Anthony Turnage has grasped the symphonic nettle with Remembering – In memoriam Evan Scofield which received its first performance last night. Many more will follow, I’d venture.

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Photo Gallery: Aberdeenshire Sand Dunes

theartsdesk

These photographs of sand dunes were taken by Brian David Stevens in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, along a stretch of pristine Scottish coastline. The pictures themselves, while captivating and beautiful in their own right, also have political freight. For it is dunes such as these over which a long and ugly battle raged for several years.

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Jackie

markie Robsonscott

“A First Lady must always be ready to pack her suitcases,” remarks Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Melania Trump, take note. Jackie, the first English-language film by the Chilean director Pablo Larrain (Neruda, No), is set in the week following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, as Jackie moves out of the White House and before the Johnsons move in.

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There's an irony to be found in the fact that America's 45th president is already abolishing any and all things to do with the arts even as his...

Mørk, Bergen Philharmonic, Gardner, Cadogan Hall

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Lockwood Kipling, Victoria & Albert Museum

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theartsdesk Radio Show 17

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CD: Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn

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T2 Trainspotting

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LSO, Rattle, Barbican

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Photo Gallery: Aberdeenshire Sand Dunes

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Jackie

“A First Lady must always be ready to pack her suitcases,” remarks Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Melania...