Is there still a bit of Tony Blair left inside Ed Miliband? The question bugged me as I listened to the Labour leader doing what he does best – giving a speech to a predominantly sympathetic audience – in London today.
Western Art Movements Before 20th Century
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Thursday 09 August 2012
A celebrated painting by Edouard Manet has been saved for the nation after an eight-month public campaign raised £7.8m to prevent it heading overseas. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford called it the "most significant acquisition" in its history.
Saturday 28 July 2012
This riveting Dutch bestseller will leave its readers feeling thrilled, chilled or cheated.
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.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Saturday 07 July 2012
Tuesday 03 July 2012
The venue was a higgledy-piggledy alternative bookshop of the sort I – and probably you, too – thought had died a death in today's Britain.
Sunday 01 July 2012
Few artists are so defined by a single image, but with no Scream pictures to steal the show, the Norwegian hypochondriac is seen in a new light
Monday 25 June 2012
Previously unseen cut-outs by father of modern art donated to museums by his family
Sunday 24 June 2012
Sunday 03 June 2012
Paint the town red ... and yellow ... and blue ... and grey
Monday 14 May 2012
Jailed for faking Renoirs, Guy Ribes returns to take key role in biopic of French master
Sunday 06 May 2012
Taken on its own merits, Standing at the Sky's Edge is a classy, well-made record.
Great Works: Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne, 1806 (259cm x 162 cm), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Friday 20 April 2012
Musée de l'Armée, Paris
Friday 20 April 2012
Many know about the death by drowning of WS Gilbert; others are aware that in 1933 Ernest Hemingway, incensed by a review, trashed the Paris bookshop in which he read it. Few could point to these incidents' one degree of separation. Such surprises regularly punctuate the soberly engrossing chronicle which Robert Fraser has created around the life of a poet whose modest fame has burned steadily, almost brightly, since his Thirties emergence as a teenage prodigy.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
The furtive opening bars of Mozart’s C minor Piano Concerto No. 24 were shrouded in a mellowness of tone that made them welcoming rather than darkly unsettling and as the well upholstered sound of the venerable Staatskapelle Berlin took hold we were cast back into an era of sound and style that was altogether “other”. And then - final confirmation - the piano entered.
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