mon 23/01/2017

Classical Galleries

Fidelio, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

alexandra Coghlan

Juxtaposition is a powerful thing. Just one day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of America and mere hours after women across the world marched in unprecedented numbers to safeguard freedom and champion democracy, the Southbank Centre launched its year-long Belief and Beyond Belief Festival with a performance of Fidelio – Beethoven’s blazing operatic hymn to freedom, hope and humanity.

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CD: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - Mars

mark Kidel

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s soundtrack for the National Geographic drama documentary about an imagined manned space mission to Mars in 2033, feels at times as if it were a sketch for the sonic ambience that made Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' much-acclaimed 2016 album Skeleton Tree so intensely atmospheric. Which came first isn’t clear, but suffice it to say, that both inhabit the same highly-charged sonic atmosphere.

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Homeland, Series 6, Channel 4

adam Sweeting

The big surprise of this new-season opener was that black ops specialist Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) didn't die at the end of series 5 after all, despite the fact that we last saw him apparently moribund in his hospital bed, having penned a poignant adieu to sometime paramour Carrie Mathison. But, after surviving a  hefty dose of sarin gas, he isn't the man she used to know.

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Apple Tree Yard, BBC One

Mark Sanderson

Only the final 60 seconds of this first episode of Apple Tree Yard could have been described as a psychological thriller. We know Dr Yvonne Carmichael is in the dock – the genetic scientist was shown handcuffed in a prison van right at the start – but we don’t know what she is supposed to have done. The remaining 55 minutes comprised a familiar tale of middle-class adultery and low-lit longing.

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Sunday Book: Tessa Hadley - Bad Dreams

Boyd Tonkin

In one of Tessa Hadley’s piercingly smart and subtle tales, a woman whose upwardly-mobile path has taken her from Leeds to Philadelphia works for a firm that manufactures instruments to test the “tensile strength” of materials. You can treat the Hadley short story as that sort of device in itself.

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Reissue CDs Weekly: Ludus

kieron Tyler

At September 2010’s MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga took the stage in a dress made of stitched-together cuts of meat. The outfit, she said, was a political statement worn to draw attention to the aspect of the US military's don't ask, don't tell policy preventing anyone who "demonstrate[s] a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from joining the forces. The first female singer to wear a meat dress on stage, though, had less of a profile.

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CD: John Mayall - Talk About That

Liz Thomson

In the era of star-making TV progs and here-today-gone-tomorrow musicians, just how wonderful is it to have a new album from a man who marked his 80th birthday three years ago by signing a new contract with Eric Corne’s Forty Below Records?

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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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