fri 31/10/2014


Uchida, LSO, Haitink, Barbican Hall

David Nice

You know what to expect from a standard programme of masterpieces like this, led by two great performers in careful control of their repertoire, and those expectations are never going to be disappointed. You’re not going to hear the kind of new-sound Brahms side by side with the more recent end of the German musical tradition – Zimmermann, say, or Henze; that’s the provenance of a fresh thinker like Vladimir Jurowski. But while last night’s kind of old-style concert format may not be with us...

Coolatully, Finborough Theatre

Veronica Lee

Ireland has had not just an economic meltdown in the past few years, but also a social one. The country that thought it had seen the back of emigration going back several generations has had to deal with its young people once again leaving in droves – albeit this time to staff schools, hospitals and television programmes with teachers, doctors and presenters, rather than men and women to build roads or clean floors, as so many of my parents' generation did.This very painful ending of the Celtic...


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Elvis Costello, Royal Albert Hall

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Adaptation of Joe Hill's novel is marred by its bizarre clash of styles

Arcadi Volodos, Royal Festival Hall

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Sublime sounds from the high peaks of pianism

Giovanni Battista Moroni, Royal Academy

Florence Hallett

Renaissance Italy's forgotten master of the fleeting moment

The Missing, BBC One

Jasper Rees

James Nesbitt plays the father of an abducted son in a taut but implausible thriller

'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Alexandra Coghlan

Pints of blood but no real tragedy in this season opener

Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre

Adam Sweeting

Ray Davies's Kinks saga has heart and soul as well as musical brawn

Leonskaja/ Pires, Dumay, Meneses, Wigmore Hall

Ismene Brown

Music for lunch and dinner on a great day for pianists and Beethoven


Katherine McLaughlin

Jake Gyllenhaal turns in a memorable performance in Dan Gilroy's dark thriller

Beatson, Scottish Ensemble, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

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String orchestra pushes boundaries with homage to Mozart and Haydn

Imagine... The Art That Hitler Hated, BBC One

Marina Vaizey

What happened to the 'degenerate' art that vanished during the Nazi era?

Malala/A Child of Our Time, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Temple, Barbican

Bernard Hughes

New choral work inspired by Nobel Peace laureate alongside Tippett’s great pacifist oratorio

Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, National Portrait Gallery

Marina Vaizey

An affecting look at the life and impact of the arts and crafts designer who ardently championed socialism

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Kimon Daltas

Beethoven Ninth in remembrance from a transatlantic orchestral alliance

Intruders, BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Some of it looks familiar, but there's enough weirdness to keep you watching

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Paranoid Fifties science fiction classic still packs a punch

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour, BBC Four

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Andrew Graham-Dixon's Gothic is a collective bad dream waiting to be psychoanalysed

The Overnighters

Tom Birchenough

The dark side of the American dream caught in searing US indie documentary

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Matthew Wright

MOBO-winning Afrobeats artist launches debut album in a blast of festival joy

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Kieron Tyler

Post-punk mavericks from Amsterdam and Bristol

The Wild Duck, Belvoir Sydney, Barbican Theatre

David Nice

Heartbreaking Ibsen adaptation mixes naturalism and forensic examination

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Søndergård, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

Fugitive beauty in late Strauss masterpiece, but not much of a helping hand

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Prokofiev, Shostakovich

Graham Rickson

Baroque keyboard suites and Soviet violin music

Lady Gaga, O2 Arena, London

Thomas H Green

Adoring Gaga fans rewarded with show of multifaceted brilliance


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