mon 22/04/2024

Reviews

Špaček, BBC Philharmonic, Bihlmaier, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - three flavours of Vienna

Robert Beale

Billed as a “Viennese Whirl”, this programme showed that there are different kinds of music that may be known to the orchestral canon as coming from Vienna.

Banging Denmark, Finborough Theatre review - lively but confusing comedy of modern manners

Helen Hawkins

What would happen if a notorious misogynist actually fell in love? With a glacial Danish librarian? And decided his best means of getting this woman’s attention was to ask his worst enemy, a leading feminist academic, for help?

Music Reissues Weekly: Linda Smith - I So Liked...

Kieron Tyler

Three years ago, the release of Till Another Time 1988-1996 generated a thumbs up. A compilation of recordings by the Baltimore and/or New York-based...

London Tide, National Theatre review - haunting...

Aleks Sierz

“He do the police in different voices.” If ever one phrase summed up a work of fiction, and the art of its writer, then surely it is this description...

Watts, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus,...

David Nice

Anyone who’d booked to hear soprano Sally Matthews or to witness the rapid progress of conductor Daniele Rustioni – the initial draw for me – could...

The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Roundhouse review - fans (old and new) toast to an icon of our age

Cheri Amour

A stellar line up of artists reimagine some of Mitchell’s most magnificent works

Fantastic Machine review - photography's story from one camera to 45 billion

Sarah Kent

Love it or hate it, the photographic image has ensnared us all

Jonathan Pie, Duke of York's Theatre review - spoof political reporter takes no prisoners

Veronica Lee

Tom Walker in a bravura display

Baby Reindeer, Netflix review - a misery memoir disturbingly presented

Helen Hawkins

Richard Gadd's double traumas are a difficult watch but ultimately inspiring

Machinal, The Old Vic review - note-perfect pity and terror

David Nice

Sophie Treadwell's 1928 hard hitter gets full musical and choreographic treatment

Simon Boccanegra, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - thrilling, magnificent exploration

Robert Beale

Verdi’s original version of the opera brought to exciting life

All You Need Is Death review - a future folk horror classic

Justine Elias

Irish folkies seek a cursed ancient song in Paul Duane's impressive fiction debut

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Record Store Day Special 2024

Thomas H Green

Annual edition checking out records exclusively available on this year's Record Store Day

If Only I Could Hibernate review - kids in grinding poverty in Ulaanbaatar

Markie Robson-Scott

Mongolian director Zoljargal Purevdash's compelling debut

The Book of Clarence review - larky jaunt through biblical epic territory

Helen Hawkins

LaKeith Stanfield is impressively watchable as the Messiah's near-neighbour

Lisa Kaltenegger: Alien Earths review - a whole new world

Jon Turney

Kaltenegger's traverses space in her thoughtful exploration of the search for life among the stars

Bell, Perahia, ASMF Chamber Ensemble, Wigmore Hall review - joy in teamwork

David Nice

A great pianist re-emerges in Schumann, but Beamish and Mendelssohn take the palm

An Actor Convalescing in Devon, Hampstead Theatre review - old school actor tells old school stories

Gary Naylor

Fact emerges skilfully repackaged as fiction in an affecting solo show by Richard Nelson

Yinka Shonibare: Suspended States, Serpentine Gallery review - pure delight

Sarah Kent

Weighty subject matter treated with the lightest of touch

Album: Paraorchestra with Brett Anderson and Charles Hazlewood - Death Songbook

Kieron Tyler

An uneven voyage into darkness

Anthracite, Netflix review - murderous mysteries in the French Alps

Adam Sweeting

Who can unravel the ghastly secrets of the town of Lévionna?

The Comeuppance, Almeida Theatre review - remembering high-school high jinks

Aleks Sierz

Latest from American penman Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is less than the sum of its parts

Heather McCalden: The Observable Universe review - reflections from a damaged life

India Lewis

An artist pens a genre-spanning work of tender inconclusiveness

theartsdesk on Vinyl 83: Deep Purple, Annie Anxiety, Ghetts, WHAM!, Kaiser Chiefs, Butthole Surfers and more

Thomas H Green

The most wide-ranging regular record reviews in this galaxy

Richard, My Richard, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmund's review - too much history, not enough drama

Laura De Lisle

Philippa Gregory’s first play tries to exonerate Richard III, with mixed results

Spencer Jones: Making Friends, Soho Theatre review - award-winning comedian mines his post-lockdown escape to the country

Gary Naylor

If big chickens scare you, this is your thing!

Player Kings, Noel Coward Theatre review - inventive showcase for a peerless theatrical knight

Helen Hawkins

Ian McKellen's Falstaff thrives in Robert Icke's entertaining remix of the Henry IV plays

Music Reissues Weekly: Congo Funk! - Sound Madness from the Shores of the Mighty Congo River

Kieron Tyler

Assiduous exploration of the interconnected musical ecosystems of Brazzaville and Kinshasa

Back to Black review - rock biopic with a loving but soft touch

Helen Hawkins

Marisa Abela evokes the genius of Amy Winehouse, with a few warts minimised

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