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Wednesday 19 December 2012
We need to renew the language of remembrance. Even before state-funded commemorations of the First World War begin in 2014, a year of solemn preludes looms. Factor in the political push for exit from the EU, and on the national stage the warmer, more inclusive climate of the Olympic season may yield to a backward-looking, introspective mood: a chilling cult of the dead and the past.
Saturday 15 December 2012
Ryan Francesconi and Mirabai Peart are best known as guitarist and violinist, respectively, in Joanna Newsom's Ys Street Band, adding delicate tracery and texture to her serpentine songs.
Adele's music owes a debt to Franz Schubert according to new BBC show analysing music 'from the Stone Age to the Digital Age'
Tuesday 11 December 2012
Composer Howard Goodall, who has written and presented the show, says he wants to 'show a straight line that runs through to the present day'
Monday 22 October 2012
An hour of The Thick of It and not an oath that didn't come fenced by quotation marks.
Monday 23 July 2012
When Glyndebourne invited Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown to realise Purcell’s ‘semi-opera’ The Fairy Queen, it was with slight trepidation, as they had no idea how this amalgam of Purcell’s music and filletings from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream would go down.
Sunday 13 May 2012
One bar into this timely celebration of his work and the composer's identity could not be in doubt.
Sunday 25 March 2012
Stravinsky's morality tale is given a spirited and purposeful reading by singers and orchestra alike
Sunday 25 March 2012
Eugène Ysaÿe's 1924 sonatas anticipate the memorial beauty of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Suites for Unaccompanied Violin by three years and the desolate fury of Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin by two decades.
Sunday 05 February 2012
1. Indigo Lace Drum Lampshade
Monday 23 January 2012
Enjoy a two-course meal in the RSC’s Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, followed by a performance in the Swan Theatre for just £30 per person
Sunday 22 January 2012
This serious, simple production of Handel's opera is strong on storytelling and character, but suffers from musical hiccups
Sunday 15 January 2012
1. Gothic Chair
Sunday 18 December 2011
In 1629, Rubens came to London to negotiate a treaty between England and Spain; that done, he was knighted by Charles I and arose as Sir Peter Paul.
Tuesday 16 August 2011
A drawing by Rembrandt, valued at $250,000 (£152,000) has been stolen from a hotel in California.
Friday 22 July 2011
Unlike the previous 15 volumes in Profile's excellent "Wonders of the World" series, this learned but lively book explores a site that "can be baffling, ugly and frustrating".
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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