Talent show

29 November 2006 5:44 pm

The National Gallery of Art in Washington presented a feast for the eyes this week. Three feasts, in fact. To…

Playing with the past

29 November 2006 5:42 pm

Louis le Brocquy is 90 this year and his new show at Gimpel’s is merely one of four current celebratory…

Heaven and hell

29 November 2006 5:38 pm

Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) and Francis Bacon (1909–92) were near contemporaries but their work holds little in common. Although both are…

So-so, actually

29 November 2006 5:34 pm

Honestly, before I took up this beat I had no idea how many new movies aren’t that great and aren’t…

Vintage year

29 November 2006 5:31 pm

Glyndebourne on Tour is having a vintage year, and that’s not counting its Die Fledermaus, which, favourite work of mine…

News values

29 November 2006 5:17 pm

The death of Nick Clarke, The World at One, Any Questions and Round Britain Quiz presenter, jolted many commentators —…

After the tsunami

29 November 2006 5:11 pm

There was much pre-publicity around Tsunami — The Aftermath (BBC1, Tuesday) implying that the second anniversary of the disaster was…

Who needs prizes?

23 November 2006 9:48 am

Art awards are no longer hot news, but they should be

Eminent Victorians

23 November 2006 9:45 am

At Leighton House in Holland Park, one of the most delightful of London’s museums, is currently an exhibition of drawings…

Brits on Broadway

23 November 2006 9:41 am

The Brits on Broadway are remarkably well represented at a time when theatre in New York is still suffering

Desperately seeking stardom

23 November 2006 9:38 am

Connie Fisher, the winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search-for-a-star reality TV show, hits the ground running in The Sound of…

Raising the dead

23 November 2006 9:31 am

In his late ‘romances’ Shakespeare reaches out for happy endings in which sinners are forgiven and the unjustly dead restored…

Sparkle-free birthday

23 November 2006 9:26 am

I have always loved Rambert’s artistic eclecticism. The dancers’ ability to adapt to different choreographic styles and demands goes far…

Hello – and goodbye

22 November 2006 6:53 pm

Poulenc’s La voix humaine is a brief, powerful piece, and it’s a matter for gratitude that Opera North has staged…

Grim thoughts

22 November 2006 6:50 pm

‘The medium needs glitz, it needs glamour, it needs an ego’

Triangle of death

22 November 2006 6:48 pm

Had Ivo been watching Saddam’s Road to Hell with me, he would have got to see his first snuff video

Hotchpotch of unshapely grottoes

15 November 2006 3:16 pm

Lloyd Evans gives some advice on how to rescue the struggling Theatre Museum

Glories of paint

15 November 2006 3:14 pm

This is an example of the kind of exhibition which flourished for a while in the 1950s and 60s, and…

Fear of failure

15 November 2006 3:11 pm

The ‘Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine, Painter, Sculptor and Architect’ of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives, the only living artist to be included in…

In praise of Haitink

15 November 2006 3:09 pm

There was a unique event in Amsterdam last week, and the music-lovers who heard it felt a special glow. Bernard…

The rise of Chinese pianists

15 November 2006 3:07 pm

Robert Turnbull on how the Chinese are set to dominate the world of piano-playing

Stirred but not shaken

15 November 2006 3:05 pm

Tchaikovsky was interested in states of mind, but not in the people who have them, at least in his operas.…

Wayward approach

15 November 2006 3:02 pm

Always recommended is the Arts Theatre, one of the West End’s loveliest venues. Being a small-scale joint, it’s not much…

Genuine knowledge

15 November 2006 2:58 pm

New Hall women always struck male Cambridge undergraduates as being a bit otherworldly, living in their weirdly designed college where…

Siegfried turns Russian

8 November 2006 3:53 pm

Michael Tanner looks forward to the Mariinsky Theatre’s Ring cycle in Cardiff