Some stars become famous far beyond their own fields. You don't need to be interested in running to know about Usain Bolt; you don’t need to be interested in dance to have heard of French ballerina Sylvie Guillem. In both cases, the fame comes from something beyond their undoubted skill. It’s about charisma, the personality that shines through the technique.
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Monday 23 January 2012
Our new-style night at the opera took place in a cinema with five-star comfort, drinks being brought as we lounged on our sofas.
Monday 05 December 2011
Making its first London visit in more than twenty years, Sydney Dance Company was also drawing on more recent British connections.
Sunday 04 December 2011
When you open an album with the words "Well I'm so above you" and close it singing "Don't let it be over", you'd better make sure that everything in between measures up.
Friday 21 October 2011
Norwegian singer Ane Brun's quietly involving music occupies a spectral space in which her delicate, tremulous voice reveals shared intimacies with a rare poise.
Sunday 21 August 2011
This duet for piano and computer is less geeky than the instrumentation suggests.
Monday 15 August 2011
Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier had to settle for silver as their brilliant run at the World Championships ended in defeat in the final yesterday.
Monday 04 July 2011
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor and defender Steven Whittaker have agreed new long-term contracts at Rangers, the club have confirmed.
Friday 24 June 2011
The jazz leanings of her husband's quartet, the Matthew Barley Ensemble, exert perhaps too great an influence over this set from violinist Viktoria Mullova, which mingles gypsy-influenced jazz compositions by the Modern Jazz Quartet and Weather Report with several of Bartók's folk-derived pieces and Zoltan Kodály's three-part "Duo for violin and cello".
Wednesday 22 June 2011
On stage at XOYO, German electro-punks Digitalism are craned over a pair of synths, blasting out a variety of bloops and bleeps varied enough to make R2-D2's electronic vocabulary sound passé. Layering these glitchy oddities over muddy, distorted basslines and pounding drum beats, theirs is an infectious, head-nodding brand of electro which forces toes to tap; the biggest problem with their show tonight is how rarely this digitised witches' brew all comes together.
Friday 06 May 2011
Though many tracks are co-written with Alex Turner, Miles Kane's solo debut bears scant comparison to the duo's more grandiose work as The Last Shadow Puppets.
Wednesday 02 February 2011
Jo Whiley is leaving BBC Radio 1 after 17 years to begin a new show on Radio 2. She trades places with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, whose Radio 2 evening show is being dropped after four years. The duo will switch to the digital station BBC 6 Music.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Sunday 05 September 2010
Without the assistance of Jack White – who produced their "Gastown / River Song" single in 2009 – the as-gorgeous-sounding-as-they-are-to-look-at duo of Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies threaten to stray into Enya territory.
Sunday 05 September 2010
Crouch's programme of madrigals, lute songs and motets explores the public outpouring of grief and bitterness at the death of Prince Henry in 1612.
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