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Samuel West

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LSO, Haitink, Barbican

Bernard Haitink is one of the great Bruckner conductors of our time. His interpretations...

Hanif Kureishi, Brighton Festival review - a combative, funn...

Hanif Kureishi and his interviewer Mark Lawson are both wearing black Nike trainers, and long professional...

L'Orfeo, EBS, Gardiner, Colston Hall, Bristol

This last of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s semi-staged Monteverdi series took us back practically to the very start of the whole genre....

Jam review – obsession and resentment in the classroom

When TV drama tackles Britain’s class divide, the go-to...

The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

This month a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat – Untitled, painted in 1982 – was sold at auction by Sotheby’s New York for $110.5 million...

CD: Tubular Brass - Tubular Bells

The best music is always ripe for reinvention, though for every disc of Kraftwerk songs performed in mambo style there's a...

Arundhati Roy: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness review - bri...

Just as in the United States, the quest among Indian authors in...

Billy Bragg: Roots, Radicals and Rockers review - riffing on...

Wow! An unconventional opening for a book review maybe, but ‘“wow!” nonetheless. Subtitled "How...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Hoyt Axton

Hoyt Axton’s songs were heard most widely when recorded by others. Steppenwolf recorded his “The Pusher” in 1967. It featured on their early 1968...

Muhsin Al-Ramli: 'During Saddam’s regime at least we kn...

Saddam Hussein’s name is never mentioned in The President’s Gardens, even though he haunts every page. The one time that the reader...