fri 24/02/2017

Features & Interviews

Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

Gavin Dixon

Bruckner conductors improve with age: Haitink, Blomstedt, Gielen – octogenarians all. But Stanisław Skrowaczewski went further, conducting his favourite composer almost to his death, this week at the age of 93. And more than any of his contemporaries, he seemed to embody the Brucknerian qualities of wisdom, experience and patience.

'My father Sabahattin Ali is being rediscovered'

Filiz Ali

I was 11 years old when my father was killed. A body was found near the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. According to authorities it belonged to my father even though the corpse was decomposed beyond recognition. My mother and his mother were not summoned to identify the body. This tragedy happened in 1948. We still don’t know where he was buried. Therefore he does not have a grave. My mother and I waited for him for years hoping that he might appear one day. My mother died in 1999....

Listed: How I Do Love Thee


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The private life of Stefan Zweig in England

Jasper Rees

On 23 February 1942 at half past four in the afternoon in a secluded Brazilian hilltown called Petrópolis about an hour from Rio, a maid and her...

Dr Michael Scott: How to make the most of...

Michael Scott

The Guardian called Brexit “a rejection of globalisation.” That’s as may be, but the reality is we cannot, however much we might want to, check out...

John Hurt: 'If I’ve been anything I’ve been adventurous'

Jasper Rees

Remembering the magical actor who was most comfortable playing enigmatic outsiders

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen

Jasper Rees

Celebrating the great British actress who rules the waves (and the Golden Globes)

Natalie Clein: 'The cello is part of my being'

Natalie Clein

The acclaimed musician writes for theartsdesk about her contributions to the year-long Cello Unwrapped season at Kings Place

Radio Cymru: Penblwydd Hapus (= Happy Birthday)

Betsan Powys

The BBC's Welsh-language station is 40. Its editor explains its continuing importance

John Berger: the critic as artist

Florence Hallett

Remembering the influential and radical thinker who has died aged 90

theartsdesk in Cape Town: Summer of nostalgia

Boyd Tonkin

In a divided nation, holiday season shows look back to harsher but more hopeful times

theartsdesk in Budapest: Prophecy in the world's best concert hall

David Nice

Great Hungarian musicians look outwards as the country's government closes the door

Seasons of love: Rent 20 years on

Jasper Rees

Jonathan Larson died before his musical struck gold. Was there more to come?

When Sam Shepard was a Londoner

Jasper Rees

The great American playwright, back in the West End with 'Buried Child', spent three formative years in London. Those who were there remember

'Hamlet’s actors are kings of infinite space'

Kelly Hunter

As her touring Hamlet reaches London, director Kelly Hunter reflects on packing Elsinore into a suitcase

'Before punk, there was Rauschenberg'

Justin Adams

As a major retrospective opens at Tate Modern, musician and producer Justin Adams reflects on his lifelong love of an American great

ENO's Marvellous Miller in pictures

David Nice

Celebration of Sir Jonathan's award-winning productions with familiar stars

'What would it feel like to watch women sew?'

EV Crowe

EV Crowe introduces 'The Sewing Group', her new Royal Court play set just before the Industrial Revolution

theartsdesk in Reykjavík: Iceland Airwaves 2016

Kieron Tyler

PJ Harvey, John Lydon, Björk and Iceland’s next sure thing Mammút assemble at the festival that’s about more than music

Leonard Cohen: Turning the Darkness Into Beauty

Mark Kidel

A singer-songwriter for post-Holocaust times

'I am dismayed by the tone of the debate'

Heather Neill

A member of the Globe's Council sees both sides in the Emma Rice furore

'We should take a 1:1 ratio of male to female talent as the norm'

Odaline De La Martinez

Conductor Odaline de la Martinez on the female composers featured in this year's London Festival of American Music

Howard Davies: An Appreciation

Matt Wolf

The peerless directors' director cast a spell over audiences across the repertoire

Opinion: ArtReview Power 100

Marina Vaizey

Hans Ulrich Obrist tops a list dominated by globetrotting gallerists, curators and museum directors

Martyn Brabbins: a safe pair of hands at ENO

David Nice

Noble choice for new Music Director under difficult circumstances

Half a century of the Roundhouse

Marcus Davey

The director of the charismatic venue celebrates its history and its work transforming young lives

First Person: 'Schizophrenia is still a taboo subject'

Vladimir Shcherban

Award-winning director introduces Belarus Free Theatre's new play about mental health

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Agnes Obel

Kieron Tyler

The Danish singer-songwriter opens up about her third album ‘Citizen of Glass’

On the road with Bob Dylan: the mother of all rockumentaries

Mark Kidel

DA Pennebaker’s 'Dont Look Back' created new myths for musicians


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