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Reissue CDs Weekly: Wes Montgomery - The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings

Kieron Tyler

Speaking to America’s Hit Parader magazine in August 1967, Frank Zappa said “If you want to learn how to play guitar, listen to Wes Montgomery.” The article was titled My Favorite Records and the head Mother was being featured shortly after the release of Absolutely Free, the second Mothers Of Invention alb

Night in Paradise review - lukewarm bloodbath

Tom Baily

Since launching his directing career in 2011 with The Showdown, Park Hoon-jung has established himself as a promising devotee of the bloody gangster genre. The pandemic may have slowed the South Korean director’s momentum, as the producers were forced to release the film belatedly on Netflix.

Sequin in a Blue Room review - soullessness and...

Matt Wolf

Sequin is the screen name for the questing 16-year-old at the slowly awakening heart of Sequin in a Blue Room, a 2019 Australian film only now...

The Seven Deadly Sins / Mahagonny Songspiel,...

David Nice

There are so many good ideas, so much talented hard work from the singers of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and two dancers, such a...

Castalian Quartet, Stoller Hall, Manchester...

Bernard Hughes

The Polyphonic Concert Club is a collective of musicians – including Isata Kanneh-Mason and I Fagiolini – offering recorded chamber recitals released...

Sound of Metal review - hidden depths behind the decibels

Adam Sweeting

Absorbing story of hard choices and self-knowledge

This is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist, Netflix - the last word (for now)

Florence Hallett

Three decades on and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum mystery is still hot

Undine review - respecting the nymph

Graham Fuller

A captivating if unexpected mythic romance from director Christian Petzold

Intruder, Channel 5 review - implausible but watchable

Adam Sweeting

The death of a home invader opens a can of worms

Andrea Bajani: If You Kept a Record of Sins review - where blame, grief and discovery meet

Jessica Payn

Irresistibly spare narrative reckons with a mother’s death in Romania

Loyiso Gola, Netflix review - South African muses on race, religion and friendship

Veronica Lee

Reflections that make you stop and think

Romeo and Juliet, National Theatre online review - a triumphant hybrid

Heather Neill

Simon Godwin's debut film is part dressed-down rehearsal, part cinematic flourish

Queen Elizabeth and the Spy in the Palace, Channel 4 review - how the Fourth Man burrowed deep into the British Establishment

Adam Sweeting

Did Anthony Blunt uncover secrets which threatened the survival of the house of Windsor?

Wilderness review – 'what comes after besotted?'

Sebastian Scotney

Improvisatory filmmaking underpinned by a magical jazz soundtrack

Messiah highlights, English National Opera, BBC Two review – short-cut sorrow and redemption

Boyd Tonkin

Fine performances: but why this brutally truncated Handel?

Reissue CDs Weekly: Tame Impala - InnerSpeaker (2010➝2020)

Kieron Tyler

Box-set makeover of one of the last decade or so’s greatest albums

Bach St John Passions from Oxford and Stockholm online review – theatrical drive from Gardiner, interiority under Harding

David Nice

Fine young English Evangelist and Christ versus Gerhaher, Hallenberg and others

Living Newspaper, Edition 3, Royal Court online review – bleak news, sharp words

Laura De Lisle

Third instalment of the irreverent series takes on Boris, star signs, and casual sexism

Godzilla vs. Kong review - let battle commence (again)

Saskia Baron

CGI monsters have more character development than the humans who share the screen

The Drifters review - lovers-on-the-run with little moral depth

Tom Baily

Sloppy mash up of New Wave, Tarantino and post-Brexit issues

theartsdesk on Vinyl 63: KMFDM, Laurie Anderson, Seratones, The Telescopes, Black Sabbath, Conrad Schnitzler and more

Thomas H Green

The biggest bumper crop of vinyl record reviews out there

A Midsummer Night's Dream, SHAKE Festival livestream review - a star turn from Luisa Omielan makes this 'Bottom's Dream'

Tom Birchenough

Jenny Caron Hall's production, with sister Rebecca starring, offers 'mechanical' treats

Ibragimova, Davies, Sampson, Arcangelo, Wigmore Hall online review – baroque masterpieces played with verve

Bernard Hughes

Violin concertos that bustle contrast with a dark and moving Stabat Mater

The Mauritanian review – moving 9/11 drama

Demetrios Matheou

Lawyers for Guantanamo detainee find that justice and the War on Terror don't mix

Tenebrae, Short, Wigmore Hall online review - reflections for Holy Week

Gavin Dixon

Rich and clear singing in a programme of Schütz, Bach and Reger

Will Page: Tarzan Economics - a 'rockonomist' writes

Sebastian Scotney

A lively book with a music industry slant

Working From Home online review - Johnny Vegas and Jason Byrne in a strong line-up

Veronica Lee

Livestreamed variety evening is terrific fun

Album: Ryley Walker - Course In Fable

Kieron Tyler

The musically aware singer-songwriter at his most assured, most direct

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

Richard Bratby

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

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