sat 01/11/2014


Sheryl Crow, Royal Albert Hall

Matthew Wright

Sheryl Crow doesn’t do genres. She may have recorded her first authentically country album, Feels Like Home, in Nashville recently, but for her, the tag seems to mean little. “It’s country, but it just sounds like a Sheryl Crow record,” she told the BluesFest audience last night, and whenever the subject came up afterwards, she put finger-wiggling inverted commas around term “country”. She gives her audience what she knows they like, and what she knows she likes, too.As if to emphasise brand...

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

The challenge was already in the title for me: as both a dance critic and a strongly visual person, in the normal order of things I see the dance first and hear the music second.  Last night's show, the second of the Sadler's Wells Composer Series of productions (the first was with Mark-Anthony Turnage in 2011), set out to challenge that order of perception by marrying dance and music in a partnership of equals: the formidable musical heft of Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia on the one...

Mr Turner

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There's been much talk about Late Turner, to co-opt the name of the exhibition now on view at Tate Britain covering the last 16 years in the English...

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Uchida, LSO, Haitink, Barbican Hall

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Coolatully, Finborough Theatre

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Elvis Costello, Royal Albert Hall

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The singer's maturing voice takes his songs to even greater heights

La Bohème, English National Opera

David Nice

Star-voiced lovers move and soar, but revived Jonathan Miller production does little

The Fall of the House of Usher, Sound Affairs, Malvern

Stephen Walsh

Jean Epstein's twenties classic enriched by Cardiff composer's sonorous new score


Adam Sweeting

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

Arcadi Volodos, Royal Festival Hall

Jessica Duchen

Sublime sounds from the high peaks of pianism

Giovanni Battista Moroni, Royal Academy

Florence Hallett

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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

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Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre

Adam Sweeting

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

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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

Christopher Lambton

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

RPO, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Zukerman, Royal Festival Hall

Kimon Daltas

Beethoven Ninth in remembrance from a transatlantic orchestral alliance

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

Florence Hallett

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

The Overnighters

Tom Birchenough

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Matthew Wright

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Kieron Tyler

Post-punk mavericks from Amsterdam and Bristol


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