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Oliver Sacks remembered

Howard Male

Oliver Sacks, peerless explorer of the human brain, has today died of cancer aged 82. Inspired by case histories of patients suffering from neurological disorders, Sacks's eloquent musings on consciousness — which he termed 'neurological novels' — included The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and Awakenings, the former adapted into a Michael Nyman opera, the latter an Oscar-nominated film. His combination of intellectual rigour, philosophical expressiveness and...

Prom 58: Kullervo, BBCSO, Oramo

Sebastian Scotney

Last night's Proms performance of Sibelius's Kullervo symphony was radiant, unforgettable, but there has also been a pure coincidence this past week which is simply too good to pass over unremarked: Thursday also saw the first-time publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's version of the same narrative, The Story of Kullervo.What has struck me with force in the past few days is that a dark, violent Nordic tale, the same section of Finland's national epic the Kalevala, not only cast a spell but also...

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Isley Brothers

Kieron Tyler

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1958–1983)Head straight for Track 14, Disc 10’s quadrophonic mix – which plays fine on...

Missa Solemnis, SCO, Ticciati, Usher Hall,...

Christopher Lambton

This was a performance laden with contradictions. After last weekend’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts, the standard issue Edinburgh Festival...

Prom 57: Pires, COE, Haitink

David Nice

It’s hardly surprising that at the grand old age of 86 Bernard Haitink can pack them in at the Albert Hall so that there’s no room left in the Arena...

Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Kieran Hodgson/ Richard Gadd/ Trygve Wakenshaw

Veronica Lee

Into the final lap at the world's biggest and best arts festival

The Magic Flute, Komische Oper Berlin, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

A magical Flute, but an insufficiently human one

Classical CDs Weekly: Hugi Guðmundsson, Schubert, Les Siècles

Graham Rickson

Contemporary repertoire from Iceland, Viennese symphonies and Spanish music from France

45 Years

Jasper Rees

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay shine in Andrew Haigh's wintry marital drama

McGregor/Spuck, Ballett Zürich, Edinburgh Playhouse

Hanna Weibye

Contemporary dance formula ticks boxes, but fails to inspire

Entanglement/ That Man Stephen Ward, Presteigne Festival

Richard Bratby

An arresting new psychodrama from Charlotte Bray, and Thomas Hyde revival

Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Joseph Morpurgo/ Daphne/ Tom Parry

Veronica Lee

Counting down at the world's biggest and best arts festival

You Won't Succeed On Broadway If You Don't Have Any Jews, St James Theatre

Marianka Swain

Jumbled revue is salvaged by its bright young things

Our Country's Good, National Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

Moments of poignancy and humour don't quite add up to this play's full dramatic weight

Prom 55: SWR SO Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Roth

Peter Quantrill

An emotional hail-and-farewell to the Proms from a superb German orchestra

En Équilibre

Kieron Tyler

Finely formed tale of battling the odds from the director of 'The Page Turner'

Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Nish Kumar/ Adam Hess/ Dial Medicine for Murder/ Larry Dean

Veronica Lee

Counting down at the world's biggest and best arts festival

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Simon Munk

When is a game not a game? When it's better than that

Hamlet, Barbican

Matt Wolf

Visuals threaten to swamp Shakespeare - and, yes, Sherlock

theartsdesk at Green Man 2015

Barney Harsent

A wild time was had by all until rain stopped play…

A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol, BBC Four

Florence Hallett

24 hours in the king of Pop Art's shoes

Prom Chamber Music 6: Jeremy Denk/ Prom 53: Fray, Philharmonia, Salonen

David Nice

Blocks of Bartók hit hard, but an orchestrated slab of earlyish Shostakovich falls flat

Soup Cans and Superstars, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

Panorama of Pop art from Alastair Sooke ahead of the Tate Modern show

Bach Hours: The Orgelbüchlein Project, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

Immersive Bach experience on the Edinburgh Fringe

DVD: Around the World with Orson Welles

Graham Rickson

Uneven TV travelogue from the maverick director

Prom 51: Boston SO, Nelsons

Gavin Dixon

Compelling Shostakovich rounds out a great partnership's weekend at the Proms

Prom 49: Hardenberger, Boston SO, Nelsons

David Nice

The masterly Latvian and his American orchestra stun in toweringly great Mahler

Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Diane Chorley/ LetLuce/ Lazy Susan

Veronica Lee

A bogus duchess and talking fish at the world's biggest and best arts festival

Colin Currie and Friends, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

David Kettle

A bracing recital of minimalism and modernism from a fine quartet of piano and percussion

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