mon 23/05/2022

Reviews

The Wreckers, Glyndebourne review - no masterpiece, but vividly sung and played

David Nice

Interesting for the history of music, but not for music? Passing acquaintance with Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers, a grand opera by a woman at a time (the early 1900s) when circumstances made such a thing near-impossible, had suggested so.

Music Reissues Weekly: Patty Waters - You Loved Me

Kieron Tyler

“Touched by Rodin in a Paris Museum” is a 14-minute consideration of exactly what its title says: the impact of encountering Auguste Rodin’s work in person. The composition features piano only. There are nods to Debussy and Ravel. The playing is measured and minimal yet still full-bodied. At odd points, there are seconds of complete silence.

The Deathless Woman review - the overlooked...

Saskia Baron

One of the more heartwarming images in the news recently has been seeing Ukrainian refugees being welcomed by their eastern European neighbours. But...

My Fair Lady, London Coliseum review - tasteful...

Mert Dilek

First staged in 2018, Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady is London’s latest import from Broadway, coming...

Benediction review - the world's worst wounds

Graham Fuller

Terence Davies’s Benediction is a haunting but uneven biopic of the World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon and a drama about the burden of incalculable...

MØ, Heaven, London review - snappy, sexy and energised

Thomas H Green

Danish pop star plays a tight set to a devoted partisan crowd

Top Gun: Maverick review - Tom Cruise defies age and gravity

Adam Sweeting

Make sure you see it at an IMAX

The Father and the Assassin, National Theatre review - Gandhi's killer puts his case in a bold, whirlwind production

Heather Neill

Anupama Chandrasekhar argues, with humour and invention, against political extremism

I Get Knocked Down, Brighton Festival review - Chumbawamba singer's film is lively, funny and thought-provoking

Thomas H Green

Nineties anarcho-pop star ruminates entertainingly on what it all meant

Berrut, ECO, Guzzo, Cadogan Hall review - Schubert with a smile

Bernard Hughes

Sparkling symphony makes up for a slightly lacklustre concerto

The Innocents review - they're just playing

Harry Thorfinn-George

A Norwegian tale of kids doing what kids do, sinisterly

The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre review - Anne-Marie Duff blazes in Beth Steel's excoriating new drama

Rachel Halliburton

Inter-generational story from a Northern mining town melds naturalism and tragedy

Grease, Dominion Theatre review - a super night out, great songs well sung and spectacular dancing

Gary Naylor

Crowdpleaser pleases crowd: this High School musical delivers what its audience wants

Tallies, Old Blue Last review - Canadian quintet rejuvenates indie prototypes

Kieron Tyler

Toronto outfit transcends its influences

The Essex Serpent, Apple TV+ review - tradition and superstition versus the march of progress

Adam Sweeting

The battle of ideas comes to the East Coast in exquisitely shot treatment of Sarah Perry's novel

Charli XCX, O2 Academy, Glasgow review - sweat-drenched pop amid feverish atmosphere

Jonathan Geddes

The singer's commanding presence overcame a slick production

Vortex review – an old couple's road to nowhere

Graham Fuller

Gaspar Noé's unflinching depiction of dementia's merciless grip

The Great Escape 2022, Brighton review - sunshine, queues, and thrilling new bands

Caspar Gomez

theartsdesk's intrepid duo spend a day trawling the multi-venue seaside festival for musical kicks

The Breach, Hampstead Theatre review - profoundly uncomfortable work that burns like ice

Rachel Halliburton

Naomi Wallace's writing is brave and uncompromising

Ozark, Series 4 Part 2, Netflix review - crumbling consciences and a last stand

David Nice

No spoilers, hopefully: farewell to this superbly-acted corruption saga

Vondráček, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - mixed messages

Gavin Dixon

Fine detail in Liszt and Mahler, but drama was lacking

Andy Zaltzman, Soho Theatre review - satire on the hoof

Veronica Lee

Setting the world to rights, one joke at a time

Dandy, BBC Philharmonic, New, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - energy and fierce attention

Robert Beale

Gustav and Alma Mahler, and pictorial music, are linked in a fascinating programme

Music Reissues Weekly: 999 - A Punk Rock Anthology

Kieron Tyler

Entry point compilation into the band who ‘seem to have lost control’

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's Globe review - the Bard buried in bad choices

Gary Naylor

Intrusive 21st century agenda and dismal staging waste an opportunity

Transgressive Records showcase, The Great Escape, Brighton review - five acts offer intriguing pop alternatives

Thomas H Green

Let's Eat Grandma, The Waeve, Mykki Blanco and more set the south coast a-buzz

The Patient Gloria, Brighton Festival review - an electric exploration of the control and manipulation of women

Katie Colombus

Laying bare the authority and entitlement of misogyny

The Staircase, NOW review - addictive dramatisation of real-life murder investigation

Adam Sweeting

Colin Firth visits the dark side as suspected killer Michael Peterson

Fidelio, Insula Orchestra, Barbican review - truth and justice brought to light

Boyd Tonkin

Sturdy singing and human drama enrich a fuss-free staging of Beethoven's only opera

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