wed 01/10/2014

Reviews

Daniil Trifonov, Royal Festival Hall

Jessica Duchen

Daniil Trifonov, 23, has shot to prominence as one of the hottest pianistic properties of the moment. With multiple competition wins behind him, including the Tchaikovsky in his native Russia, plus a recording contract with DG and a frenetic globe-trotting schedule, he is now a very busy young man. Last night’s London appearance was his recital debut at the Royal Festival Hall, a venue only accorded to the biggest names in the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, the new season of...

Andrea Motis / Joan Chamorro Quintet, Pizza Express Jazz Club

Matthew Wright

Amy Winehouse, Esperanza Spalding, and Roberto Fonseca were the names tossed and bandied after a London debut of extraordinary charm and maturity from the 19-year-old Spanish singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrea Motis. While a modest Soho crowd was dwarfed by the audience at the Barcelona Jazz Festival where she became, in 2012, the youngest performer to headline, there was a communal tingle of recognition, that we’d witnessed the start of something big.Motis sings an already broad...

Next Fall, Southwark Playhouse

Marianka Swain

Britain has entered a “post-Christian” era, declared former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams earlier this year: we acknowledge its cultural...

Life After Beth

Emma Simmonds

Zombies have feelings too. That's the message at the heart of writer-director Jeff Baena's debut Life After Beth, which begins its life as a...

Turner Prize 2014, Tate Britain

Fisun Güner

When did Big Ideas make a comeback at the Turner Prize? Did they ever go away? In its 30-year history it seems that everything that wasn’t painting...

The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre

Heather Neill

American coming-of-age drama gets the Gate's 35th anniversary season off to a gripping start

Still the Enemy Within

Nick Hasted

Intimate and moving documentary shows the Miners' Strike's human cost

Dangerous Corner, Richmond Theatre

Marianka Swain

Early JB Priestley thriller fails to provide any thrills

Vance Joy, Institute, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

Folk-popper turns up the volume for a sell-out tour

Ming: 50 Years That Changed China, British Museum

Marina Vaizey

More than blue and white porcelain emerged from the 300-year dynasty

Draft Day

Karen Krizanovich

This American football drama is Ivan Reitman's off day

Sahara Soul, Barbican

Heidi Goldsmith

This celebration of Saharan musicians is more showcase than soul

Kylie, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse

Fisun Güner

The voice is thin, the music naff and terrible - but do give us the glitter and sparkle

Carthy Hardy Farrell Young + Newton, Cecil Sharp House

Tim Cumming

Perfect harmony: four great singers and players in their own right form a folk supergroup

Rudy's Rare Records, Hackney Empire

Naima Khan

Lenny Henry leads rousing stage version of onetime radio drama

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Kieron Tyler

Resurrection of a demonic rock sensation from 1970

The James Plays, National Theatre

Demetrios Matheou

Independence is lost, but there’s no stopping this stirring trilogy of Scottish histories flying its flag in London

Manon, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

MacMillan's moral maze still fascinates in its 40th year

Flowers of the Forest, Jermyn Street Theatre

Caroline Crampton

A rediscovered play from the 1930s brings a different perspective to WWI

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Graham Rickson

Finnish concertos, Hungarian chamber music and glorious sounds from a neglected Bohemian

Lee Evans, O2 Arena

Veronica Lee

No amount of fart gags and racing about can hide the cobwebs on these jokes

Constable: The Making of a Master, Victoria & Albert Museum

Marina Vaizey

The landscape artist revealed as a student not just of nature but also of the Old Masters

DiDonato, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Minasi, Barbican Hall

Alexandra Coghlan

This Artist Spotlight opens with a bel canto bang

Mary J Blige, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse

Adam Sweeting

Powerhouse performance from the R&B superstar

The Vertical Hour, Park Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Revival of David Hare’s 2006 play about the Iraq War is both timely and engrossing

Marvellous, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

Toby Jones shines in a fantasy football drama that happens to be true

Wasteland 2

Simon Munk

The post-apocalyptic role-playing game series emerges from the vault, after 25 years…

Angel Olsen, Electric Ballroom

Katherine McLaughlin

Immersive haunting vocals from Missouri-born solo singer captivates for the most part

Carmen, Mid Wales Opera

Stephen Walsh

Bizet with Jonathan Miller's small forces makes more impact than the Cardiff version

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