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Reviews

Louise Alder, James Baillieu, Wigmore Hall review - sensual heat thaws a winter's evening

Alexandra Coghlan

Rapture, ecstasy, ardour, and a few cheeky fumbles in the bushes – Louise Alder and James Baillieu’s Wigmore recital promised “Chants d’amour” and delivered amply, giving us love in all its bewildering, technicolour variety. From the heady eroticism of Bizet to the lazy, summer affections of Faure, the light, youthful lusts of Mozart to Strauss and Liszt’s mature desire, it was a programme calculated to stir both loins and ears.

Colin Currie Group, Kings Place review - dynamism and detail in Steve Reich

Gavin Dixon

Colin Currie is increasingly coming to be seen as Steve Reich’s representative on Earth. His Colin Currie Group was founded in 2006 for a Proms performance of Reich’s Drumming and has gone from strength to strength, now touring the world with Reich’s music. Reich himself endorses Currie’s work, but it’s hardly necessary: From any performance by the Group it is immediately clear that what we are hearing is the real thing.

Bruno Maçães: The Dawn of Eurasia review - middle...

Katherine Waters

Part travelogue and part broad analysis of the current and future challenges facing the EU, the premise of Bruno Maçães’s new book The Dawn of...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Television Personalities

Kieron Tyler

How much of someone else’s despair is it possible to take? What are the limits on putting a sense of desolation or isolation into a song? Can such...

Lumiere London review - London in a different...

Katherine Waters

It seems they’re having trouble with the lights. Thirty-five past five and they’re not yet on. “Typical,” laughs a woman, surveying the huddle of hi-...

Giselle, Royal Ballet review - beautiful dancing in a production of classic good taste

Hanna Weibye

Perfect storytelling through dance from Marianela Nuñez and excellent supporting cast

Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders, More4 review - Swedish sleuth is a cold case

Jasper Rees

Crime drama from the far north looks good but doesn't quite grip

BBCSO, Pons, Barbican review - love hurts in vivid Spanish double bill

David Nice

Flamenco singer in Falla and dramatic mezzo as Granados's heroine cue vibrant passion

The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre review - starry cast create a stunning masterpiece

Aleks Sierz

Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker and co breathe vibrant new life into classic Pinter comedy of menace

Britannia, Sky Atlantic review - Druids, sex and sorcery

Adam Sweeting

Roman legions versus warring tribes and hippie squatters

Weilerstein, Platt, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - insight and passion

Robert Beale

Special light shed on a great symphony and a noble concerto by Shostakovich

The Final Year review - Greg Barker documents Obama's last year in office

Markie Robson-Scott

Making the world a better place: the foreign policy team and what happened next

The Post review - Spielberg's glorious paean to print

Jasper Rees

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks weigh in as press freedom - and female empowerment - come under attack

Alexander Melnikov, Wigmore Hall review - three pianos, four monsterworks

David Nice

Crazy programme taxes even this Russian master of orchestral pianism

All's Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - feisty, prickly and topical, as well

Matt Wolf

Shakespeare problem play gets a spirited reading that chimes with our #metoo times

Selma Parlour: Upright Animal, Pi Artworks review - incandescent colours

Mark Sheerin

Opaque paintings evoke Renaissance perspective, classical architecture and satellite landscapes

Feng, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - pulling it out of the hat

Richard Bratby

Ligeti brings the house down, and he wasn't even on the programme

Art UK, Art of the Nation review - public art in a private space

Katherine Waters

Digital catalogue of the nation's art distilled by five artists' choices

The Commuter review - trouble on the main line

Adam Sweeting

The train proves quite a strain for Liam Neeson's lone crusader

Before We Die, Channel 4 review - underwhelming and unengaging Scandi noir

Owen Richards

Swedish crime drama offers dull production and a meandering plot

Art, Passion and Power: The Story of the Royal Collection, BBC Four review - monarchs knew the power of the portrait

Marina Vaizey

A cornucopia of great works, but a little too much Andrew Graham-Dixon

Downsizing review - little things please little

Jasper Rees

Alexander Payne's finger-wagging satire should have cut a long story short

Leicester Comedy Festival Gala Preview Show - going from strength to strength

Veronica Lee

The event's 25th incarnation

David Lodge: Writer’s Luck - A Memoir 1976-1991 review - literary days, in detail

Marina Vaizey

The prolific polymath's quotidian reflections on life and culture

Reissue CDs Weekly: Butterfly Child

Kieron Tyler

Twenty-five years on, the matchless ‘Onomatopoeia’ still sounds out of time

Nick Coleman: Voices - How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life, review - earworms explored

Liz Thomson

Music writer who suffered deafness explores the songs that linger in his memory

Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Royal Court review - iconic 1980s title makes a welcome return

Matt Wolf

Andrea Dunbar's Thatcher-era classic is invigorated afresh

Lortie, BBC Philharmonic, Gardner, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review – whipping up a storm

Robert Beale

Brisk, brash and exciting music-making blows away the cobwebs

Kožená, LSO, Rattle, Barbican Hall review – springing surprises from Schubert and Rameau

Peter Quantrill

A fresh attitude yields revelation in a familiar symphony

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