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Books

Michael Spitzer: The Musical Human review - charting our age-old relationship with music

The futility of capturing music with words shows in this beguiling attempt at “big history”

Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott: Failures of State review - a devastating exposé, slightly mistimed

Precipitous publication may mean this feat of research fails to make its mark

Polly Barton: Fifty Sounds review - what is lost in translation

How to understand a language if you don't understand yourself

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Album: Dinosaur Jr - Sweep It Into Space

When Laurence Binyon wrote: “Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn…” he was, of course, talking about the...

Mare of Easttown, Sky Atlantic review - Kate Winslet shines...

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Blu-ray: Straight Shooting / Hell Bent

There are moments in Straight Shooting (1917), the first feature directed by John (then "Jack") Ford, when its star Harry Carey (1878-...

A Splinter of Ice, Original Theatre Company online review -...

There’s such a genial feel to the pairing of Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer in...

Helen McCrory: 'If there's one interesting thing a...

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Promising Young Woman, Sky Cinema review - Emerald Fennell...

After winning a couple of Baftas, and with five nominations at next week’s Oscars, Promising Young Woman comes surging in on the crest of...

Album: Field Music - Flat White Moon

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classical

Hough, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester online review - brassy, bouncy optimism

World premiere of Huw Watkins’ Second Symphony in filmed performance

Isserlis, LPO, Elder, Southbank Centre online review – songs of life and death

Lesser-known Czech passions preface a beloved old favourite

opera

The Seven Deadly Sins / Mahagonny Songspiel, Royal Opera online - modern morality tales mesh uneasily

More time needed in knocking this fascinating Brecht/Weill double bill into shape

L'heure espagnole, Grange Park Opera online review - seduction and sandwiches in 60 minutes

Ravel takes a Kensington lunchbreak, in an operatic updating for the YouTube generation

Siegfried, Göteborg Opera online review - a hero for our times

Staging and singing in sync for the Ring’s scherzo