Soggy in the corps

11 October 2006 3:03 pm

There are many different ways to start a ballet season, but an artistically disjointed triple bill is not the ideal…

Enjoy it while it lasts

11 October 2006 2:39 pm

My friend Mitch rings up. ‘Guess what my album of the year is?’ He is trying to fool me into…

Trivial brilliance

11 October 2006 2:30 pm

Each time I see Shostakovich’s once controversial opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk I am impressed by what brilliant performances it…

Colour coding

11 October 2006 2:27 pm

The recently concluded Kandinsky exhibition at Tate Modern was widely appreciated for showing how music influenced the artist’s move towards…

Light on a master

5 October 2006 9:10 am

It’s strange that while Britain has gone fairly mad over Mozart’s 250th anniversary, with vulgarities ranging from Mozart for Babies…

Lines of beauty

5 October 2006 9:06 am

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543) needs no introduction: his vision of kingship in the person of Henry VIII has become…

Unforgettable fire

5 October 2006 9:04 am

Places, like property prices, go up and down. Margate, in the most northerly corner of Kent, is just beginning the…

Meryl’s movie

5 October 2006 8:58 am

So, to cut straight to what you really want to know without having to wade through several paragraphs of plot-rehash…

Lessons from Tristan

4 October 2006 6:57 pm

It’s more than three years since there was a production of Wagner’s ultimate masterpiece, Tristan und Isolde, in the UK,…

Bare cheek

4 October 2006 6:52 pm

Normally I detest people who use laptops on crowded trains, but if you’re watching a DVD your elbows aren’t flying,…

Pushing the boundaries

28 September 2006 10:10 am

Christopher Frayling on the importance of supporting the innovative and experimental in art

Overwhelming legacy

28 September 2006 10:04 am

What a spectacle at the Royal Academy: the main galleries packed with the sculptures of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), in a…

Exercise in patriotism

28 September 2006 10:01 am

Honestly, first it’s restaurant reviews and now it’s films, too, which does make me think: what next? Deborah, when you…

Love all

28 September 2006 9:44 am

Michael Boyd’s Complete Works festival may not have over-garlanded Stratford with bunting and flags, but it’s made the town a…

Unfinished business

28 September 2006 9:29 am

Mozart is full of loose ends and extremes. One-off miniatures, contextless and unparalleled, of singular profundity and perfection — the…

Why I’m me

28 September 2006 9:20 am

It’s only since watching Stephen Fry’s brilliant Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (BBC2, Tuesday) that I’ve begun properly to…

On the trail of Hogarth

21 September 2006 10:08 am

Robin Simon finds the artist in some unexpected places, both here and abroad

Making arrangements

21 September 2006 10:05 am

Recently I found myself lured for the second time in as many years to what is surely one of the…

Brave knight

21 September 2006 9:59 am

It all sounds very kinky, really, bringing together the two Sir Johns under one roof; Sir John Betjeman, so amiable,…

Another country

21 September 2006 9:53 am

There’s something different about Tai-Shan Schierenberg’s new show at Flowers Central: it has a title, Myths. This may not sound…

Thoughts made visible

21 September 2006 9:41 am

It’s very pleasant to be able to greet a small show at the V&A after the relentless stream of blockbusters…

Welcome return

20 September 2006 4:04 pm

Welsh National Opera’s new production of Monteverdi’s finest surviving opera, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, is an almost unqualified success,…

Carry on camping

20 September 2006 3:59 pm

At last the BBC has worked out what to do with Graham Norton

How Leonardo did it

14 September 2006 9:09 am

Alasdair Palmer talks to the French artist who has discovered the secret of the Master’s technique

Papal travels

14 September 2006 9:05 am

In 1435 a young Tuscan poet and diplomat visited the court of James I in Edinburgh. The purpose of his…