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Classical Interviews

Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President, Channel 4

jasper Rees

Tom Lehrer famously declared satire dead when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger not long after he'd bombed Cambodia back to the Middle Ages. Lehrer never wrote another song. Meanwhile other satirists battle on. Every day delivers fresh material to work with.

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Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

david Nice

Young Amadeus is growing up in real time with MOZART 250, Classical Opera's ambitious 26-year project following its hero's creative life from childhood to the grave. Last year's start, marking two and a half centuries since the boy wonder's first visit to London, had little to show of its main man, but plenty of other, senior composers flourishing in the same year.

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CD: The xx - I See You

joe Muggs

This seems a logical progression for The xx. The super-stripped-back sound of their first two albums has got them a very long way indeed – along with fellow melancholicist James Blake the diffident trio formed a twin-pronged stealth British invasion of American pop culture, influencing the influencers and weaving themselves into the fabric of things.

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War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Clem Hitchcock

North London’s much loved Estorick Collection is reopening its doors after a five-month spruce up. The Georgian listed building that houses a 120-piece collection of modern Italian art now boasts a new glass conservatory, opened out entrance hall and "daylight-enhanced" gallery spaces. It all bodes well, even if the reliance on a period of prolonged British sunshine to complete the effect feels a touch optimistic right now. Here’s hoping.

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La Traviata, Royal Opera

alexandra Coghlan

It takes some pretty special casting to spice up Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera regular, currently returning for its 14th revival (with a 15th on the cards later this year). And that’s exactly what was on the bill here, with house debuts from both Joyce El-Khoury’s Violetta and Sergey Romanovsky’s Alfredo.

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DVD/Blu-ray: Anthropoid

graham Rickson

Let’s explain the peculiar title first: Operation Anthropoid was the code name given by the Czech Resistance for the planned assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during World War Two. The events have been portrayed on film before, a notable early example being Fritz Lang’s ...

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The Best Exhibitions in London

theartsdesk

 

Australia's Impressionists, National Gallery ★★★★ The visual discoveries of France applied in the open landscapes of a young nation. Until 26 March

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The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

David Kettle

You can tell it’s a big deal when even a handful of London critics abandon the capital for a Saturday evening in chilly Glasgow.

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Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

veronica Lee

Nick Mohammed doesn't do things by halves as his chatty airhead alter ego Mr Swallow. Forget the scholarly approach of finely researched biographies of Harry Houdini (“boring!”); his “first-ever entirely true auto-biopic” of the magician and escapologist comes complete with conjuring tricks, song-and-dance numbers and a whole lot of laughs.

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Bavouzet, BBCPO, Collon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

Colin Matthews’s arrangements for orchestra of the 24 Debussy Préludes (originally commissioned by the Hallé) have been widely admired. The BBC Philharmonic’s concert, conducted by Nicholas Collon, at the Bridgewater Hall on Friday night began with three of Ravel’s five piano Miroirs, two of them orchestrated by Matthews (one a world premiere) and one by the late Steven Stucky.

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The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

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Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

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