Monday, May 1, 2017

LPO/Mauceri, Royal Festival Hall — from overblown to delicate

Guest conductor John Mauceri lacked momentum but soprano Angel Blue brought gentle radiance to Strauss

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The Treatment, Almeida Theatre — lives as mere material

Martin Crimp’s 1993 satire about an abuse victim trying to tell her story looks different in the light of reality TV

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Flawless grooves and constant invention at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Big names included Chick Corea and Lionel Loueke — but Chris Potter delivered the highlight

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Bob Dylan at the London Palladium — irony and seriousness

The elusive singer mixed standards with classics from his own catalogue in a playful performance

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Is The Message by Grandmaster Flash the greatest ever hip-hop song?

Sampled by Ice Cube, Blackstreet and the musical Hamilton, it changed the direction of rap

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Haas: in vain, Royal Festival Hall, London — shifting clouds of harmony

The London Sinfonietta returned to a work that keeps the imagination turning over

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New York Philharmonic/Salonen, Geffen Hall, New York — analytical precision

Salonen conducted a programme that included Tansy Davies’s concerto for four horns

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Interview: director François Ozon on his new film Frantz

The French auteur talks about his tricksy, topical and uncharacteristically chaste new movie

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The story of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’

A Madrid exhibition uncovers the artistic roots of this anti-war masterpiece

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Interview: director Yaël Farber reinvents a Biblical femme fatale

Why the story of ‘wicked’ Salome is getting a radical new interpretation on stage

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Many happy returns: Barrie Rutter on bringing ‘Richard III’ back to Hull

The director is taking the play that launched Northern Broadsides home for the City of Culture year

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A Doll’s House: Part 2, New York — Ibsen gets a belated ‘sequel’

At the Golden Theatre, Lucas Hnath reveals what Nora Helmer did next

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Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — overblown

A production of Shakespeare’s tragedy that’s inventive, but exhausting

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The Leftovers: Season 3 — irresistibly weird

From a co-creator of ‘Lost’, this HBO TV series is both eccentric and deeply affecting

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Podcast: Terrible, Thanks for Asking — ‘Grief isn’t just crying’

Nora McInerny’s series tackles bereavement and loss with straight talking — and humour

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Who’s going to build Trump’s wall?

The proposals are in, some militaristic, some fanciful — but how realistic are they?

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nicholas Payton Trio, Ronnie Scott’s, London — edgy and pulsating

The trumpeter and keyboardist led a performance that combined soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop

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Forty Years On, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex, UK — an essay on Englishness

National myths are at the heart of Alan Bennett’s revived revue of the 20th century

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Lady Macbeth — a remarkable British film

Though set in the 1860s, William Oldroyd’s film is a deeply modern thriller

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — pulp high jinks

The prankish energy flows in this sequel to the space yarn

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The Promise — grim power

An old-fashioned epic that unfolds to reveal the 1915 Armenian genocide

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Heal the Living — profoundly human

A drama about organ donation from French director Katell Quillévéré

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A Moving Image — awkward truths

A complex story of urban gentrification from director Shola Amoo

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doctor Atomic, Barbican, London — zeal and drama

This concert performance of John Adams’ opera generated a buzz

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All-Wheeldon programme, Lincoln Center, New York — breadth and imagination

New York City Ballet’s Here/Now Festival opened with four pieces by the choreographer

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Der Fliegende Holländer, Metropolitan Opera, New York — bland and wan

If this production of Wagner’s opera has a hero, it is conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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Obsession, Barbican, London — the drama of inner geography

Jude Law broods compellingly in Ivo van Hove’s production

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Lil Yachty/Migos, Brixton Academy, London — from calm to fever pitch

An evening of Southern rap that eventually overcame power problems

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017: the best of an impossibly eclectic bunch

Judges for this prestigious award, which last year went to London’s V&A, face a challenging task

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Dance Theatre of Harlem, City Center, New York — expansive

This season, the company has offered a coherent vision of classicism

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Baal, La Colline/The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Comédie-Française, Paris

Two Paris theatres host starkly contrasting Brecht productions

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