Arts

From horror to the sublime

26 November 2005 12:00 am

It was towards 11 o’clock on the 11th that I approached Paul McCarthy’s exhibition. The Two Minutes’ Silence caught up…

Politics of patronage

26 November 2005 12:00 am

‘The state is ruined, but mountains and rivers remain,’ wrote the Chinese poet Du Fu in the 8th century AD…

Two out of three

26 November 2005 12:00 am

Glyndebourne on Tour has discovered outreach and access, etc. In an attempt, which I desperately hope will be vain, to…

Missing Magic

26 November 2005 12:00 am

Formula gets a bum rap from critics, but I’m rather partial to it myself. In the Bond movies, it’s pretty…

Escapism at its best

26 November 2005 12:00 am

More than a year since its re-emergence from oblivion, Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia keeps eliciting thunderous ovations. Not surprisingly, one might…

Embracing Western culture

19 November 2005 12:00 am

Laura Gascoigne makes a flying visit to Tokyo and joins the gallery shuffle

More war

19 November 2005 12:00 am

More war

Shipwreck of a genius

19 November 2005 12:00 am

Simeon Solomon ‘has his place, not far from Burne-Jones, in any record of the painting of the 19th century. Had…

Master of reverie

19 November 2005 12:00 am

If there’s one exhibition Tate Modern has mounted which needed the attentions of a sympathetic designer it’s this one. Never…

Cardinal crimes

19 November 2005 12:00 am

In my view, and I think that of a fair proportion of opera goers, Madam Butterfly occupies a unique position…

Playing with Shakespeare

12 November 2005 12:00 am

Playing with Shakespeare

Norman wisdom

12 November 2005 12:00 am

Norman wisdom

Getting to know Powell

12 November 2005 12:00 am

Most novel-readers will be aware that Anthony Powell’s celebrated roman-fleuve A Dance to the Music of Time is named after…

Timeless grace

12 November 2005 12:00 am

Some dance works age, some don’t. Yet it is difficult to pinpoint the factors that bestow immortality on something as…

Thrilled by Ibsen

12 November 2005 12:00 am

Since taking on this job four years ago, I’ve reviewed 289 plays of which, perhaps, 50 have been worth seeing.…

Listen and learn

12 November 2005 12:00 am

Michael Tippett’s first opera The Midsummer Marriage is so great that one can afford to admit that it isn’t perfect.…

Beyond the baton

5 November 2005 12:00 am

Beyond the baton

Rome, sweet Rome

5 November 2005 12:00 am

Rome, sweet Rome

Lost innocence

5 November 2005 12:00 am

Lost innocence

Full-blooded drama

5 November 2005 12:00 am

The National Gallery really is a remarkable place. In addition to displaying its diverse and beautiful permanent collection in increasingly…

Perfect teamwork

5 November 2005 12:00 am

I don’t usually associate the Vienna State Opera with adventurous programming, but staying in the city for a few days…

Out of step

5 November 2005 12:00 am

‘The motto of the British Air Force Special Services,’ announces Orlando Bloom, ‘is, “Those who risk, win”.’ Close enough, I…

Give us a break

5 November 2005 12:00 am

Ten strangers having a black-tie dinner in an airport lounge. That’s the opening tableau of And Then There Were None.…

Voyage of discovery

29 October 2005 12:00 am

Laura Gascoigne on the Pompidou Centre’s massive survey of Dada

Feels familiar

29 October 2005 12:00 am

Feels familiar