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Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 21 April 2018
The Brahms violin sonatas make a perfect spring evening recital. The Second and Third were inspired by a summer retreat, but all three are light, bright and with direct melodic...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Hans Abrahamsen String Quartets No. 1-4 Arditti String Quartet (Winter & Winter)The opening section of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s 2012 String Quartet No. 4 is subtitled...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Home From Home, written by newcomers Chris Fewtrell and Simon Crowther, first saw life as a pilot in the BBC’s Landmark Sitcom Season in 2016, the channel's search for new and...
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Willie Nelson turned 85 at the end of April, a few days after releasing his latest album and a rare set of self-penned new songs, Last Man Standing. “I don’t want to be the last...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 April 2018
Record Store Day 2018 – Saturday April 21 – is upon us. It should really be Record Shop Day 2018 as this is the UK but let’s not quibble. Instead, put aside cynicism about major...
Matthew Wright
Friday, 20 April 2018
Over 30 years after he made his debut as a solo artist, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine is still Britain’s most prominent and influential jazz musician. He had a...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 20 April 2018
There’s a serious film to be made about the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel...
Marianka Swain
Friday, 20 April 2018
Back by feverishly popular demand, Jim Steinman’s mega-musical is no longer in danger of alarming unsuspecting opera-goers....
Owen Richards
Friday, 20 April 2018
As if the real world wasn’t scary enough... Ghost stories are en vogue at the moment, and after the BBC’s hit-and-miss...
Russ Coffey
Friday, 20 April 2018
On Wednesday night, the music world took a small step closer to the realms of science fiction. Roy Orbison, 30 years dead,...
David Nice
Friday, 20 April 2018
Opera on film's most magical offering, better by some way than Joseph Losey's cinematically tricksy Don Giovanni, at last...
Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 19 April 2018
It’s about time Juliette Binoche and Claire Denis teamed up: the legendary French actress, Gallic film royalty known by her...
David Nice
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Kudos, as ever, to Vladimir Jurowski for making epic connections. Not only did he bookend a rich LPO concert with two very...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 19 April 2018
One of the joys of writing about comedy over the past few years is the decreasing frequency with which I am asked to comment...
Mark Sanderson
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Eight months have passed since the Russians invaded Norway in the first season of Jo Nesbo’s neo-Cold War thriller. Real-...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 19 April 2018
It's always nice to come away from a show having learned something and Angela Barnes, history buff and a woman with an...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Ambient metal outlier and leader of the mighty Earth, Dylan Carlson’s new solo album is the soundtrack to an imaginary...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
They did things differently in 1858. Between the movements of Brahms's surprising new Requiem in the Biblical German of...
Katherine Waters
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
When doctors told Doreen Lawrence her son had died she thought, "That’s not true." Spending time with his body in the...
 

★★★★ OCCUPIED, SERIES 2, SKY ATLANTIC Jo Nesbo’s neo-Cold War drama of Russia vs the rest resumes

★★★ ROY ORBISON IN DREAMS HOLOGRAM It's a gig, Jim, but not as we know it

THE BEST EXHIBITIONS IN LONDON From Murillo to Monet and beyond

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL: Record Store Day Special 2018

★★★★ ANGELA BARNES, SOHO THEATRE Cold War buff with a weird obsession

THE BEST FILMS OUT NOW We recommend the top movies of the moment

★★★ FUNNY COW Maxine Peak is stellar

JULIETTE BINOCHE INTERVIEW ‘Repetition feels like near death’

disc of the day

CD: Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Still standing tall: Willie Nelson in late, great mode

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tv

True Horror, Channel 4 review - a Ronseal approach to ghost stories

New anthology based on real accounts provides the scares and not much else

Occupied, series 2, Sky Atlantic review - political conflicts looking all too actual

Jo Nesbo’s neo-Cold War drama of Russia vs the rest - aka truth vs lies - resumes

film

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review - artery-furring whimsy

Lily James seeks postwar secrets in a Channel Islands weepie

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman's The Magic Flute

Pretty start, heart of darkness: the greatest of all opera films now available to UK viewers

Juliette Binoche: ‘Repetition feels like near death’

The star of Let the Sunshine In talks about love, psychics, her first collaboration with Claire Denis and calling Depardieu on his bad manners

new music

CD: Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Still standing tall: Willie Nelson in late, great mode

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Record Store Day Special 2018

RSD 2018 vinyl reviews of Snapped Ankles, Undertones, LUMP, Fleet Foxes, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sparks, Miles Davis, Yazoo and more

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Pioneering solo jazz artist hails the community of jazz

classical

Ibragimova, Tiberghien, Wigmore Hall review – light, bright and melodic Brahms

Sensitive but dynamic playing perfectly conveys the music’s carefree spirit

Classical CDs Weekly: Hans Abrahamsen, Lully, Strauss, Duo Jatekok

Danish string quartets, two sets of incidental music and the legacy of an American pianistic partnership

Andsnes, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - dazzling symphonic contrasts, plus oddities

Stunning articulation in generous helpings of Stravinsky with Shostakovich and Debussy

opera

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman's The Magic Flute

Pretty start, heart of darkness: the greatest of all opera films now available to UK viewers

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Royal Opera review - bleak rigour and black comedy still cast a spell

Eva-Maria Westbroek returns on top form as Shostakovich's lethally bored housewife

Bernstein's MASS, RFH review - polymorphousness in excelsis

Vibrant diversity in this ever-topical 'theatre piece for singers, players and dancers'

theatre

Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre review - the Meat Loaf musical returns, batty as ever
The booming behemoth is right at home in We Will Rock You’s old digs
Tina, Aldwych Theatre review - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OK
Powerhouse Adrienne Warren is the saving grace of a show that plays it safe
The Best Musicals in London
We recommend the top shows in musical theatre

dance

Voices of America, English National Ballet review - a punchy programme of contemporary ballet

Forsythe commission is a romping, swaggering joy of a piece

Classical CDs Weekly: Lūcija Garūta, Dag Wirén, Ruby Hughes

20th century discoveries from Latvia and Sweden, plus a tribute to Handel's favourite soprano

comedy

Daliso Chaponda, Touring review - uneven but entertaining

Britain's Got Talent finalist on first UK tour

Score review - breathless dash through music and film

Fascinating but frenetic documentary celebrating movie composers

gaming

Metal Gear Survive review - staying alive shouldn't be such a slog

Bring out your wild side in this strange survivalist simulation

EA Sports UFC 3 review - the art of fighting has never looked so good

Why bob and weave when you can ground and pound?

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery review - a revelation in paint

The king of the blockbuster seen in a new light

Helaine Blumenfeld: Britain’s most successful sculptor you’ve never heard of

The director of a new Sky Arts documentary profile of the sculptor explores her work

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