Arts

Worthy farewell

17 May 2006 3:14 pm

Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac may not be a masterpiece, though I would claim that it is a first-rate second-rate work, to use a handy taxonomy of Richard Strauss.

High fives

17 May 2006 3:09 pm

There is no doubt that BareBones’ The 5 Man Show will stay vividly in the memory of any dance-goer

Holy smoke

17 May 2006 3:06 pm

So it’s here at last, the big hitter: The Da Vinci Code.

Following Chekhov

17 May 2006 3:04 pm

When he wrote Enemies, Gorky was in love. The object of his desire was the artistry of Chekhov and this…

Walking on eggshells

17 May 2006 3:01 pm

I went to train in Manchester a year or so after the Moors murders, and they continued to hang over the city like an old-fashioned smog, sickening and inescapable.

Honest John

17 May 2006 2:58 pm

Although writing a biography of John Osborne can’t be the most difficult task as Osborne left voluminous and laceratingly honest diaries

Pioneering vision

10 May 2006 5:37 pm

Listing page content here Here are more than 300 works in yet another mammoth exhibition at Tate Modern. Perhaps the…

Shaken or stirred?

10 May 2006 5:36 pm

Listing page content here Completism has become a maddening obsession these days with the BBC’s Radio Three. Every crotchet of…

Beyond belief

10 May 2006 5:33 pm

Listing page content here At the matinée performance of Donkeys’ Years I attended, Michael Frayn was seated in the row…

Feel the force

10 May 2006 5:16 pm

Listing page content here It’s a great relief to see Scottish Opera back on stage again, even if their season…

Watching the detective

10 May 2006 5:02 pm

Listing page content here I have read all Raymond Chandler’s books, some of them several times, but if you asked…

Building on success

10 May 2006 2:35 pm

Building on success

The nuns’ story

22 April 2006 12:00 am

The nuns’ story

Honours and rebels

22 April 2006 12:00 am

Honours and rebels

Charcoal mastery

22 April 2006 12:00 am

In his foreword to the catalogue of John Hubbard’s Spirit of Trees, Duncan Robinson, the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum,…

Comfortless aesthetic

22 April 2006 12:00 am

The classic Modernist interior familiar to us all is a white cube, minimally furnished and adorned, the clean geometric lines…

Dreamy moments

22 April 2006 12:00 am

What a relief it must have been for Hugh Grant when he realised he could relax and play bastards. What…

Great expectations

22 April 2006 12:00 am

ENO is having a mini-festival of operas whose plots relate to Greek mythology. Offenbach’s La belle Hélène is in a…

Utter madness or good fortune

15 April 2006 12:00 am

Ariane Bankes on an ambitious project to make a handwritten and illuminated Bible

Quality control

15 April 2006 12:00 am

Quality control

Breath of the Mediterranean

15 April 2006 12:00 am

The slightly warmer blustery weather of late March found me en route for Compton Verney, the charming Robert Adam house…

World of fear

15 April 2006 12:00 am

According to theatrical lore, no play can be considered an out-and-out masterpiece unless it’s initially rejected. The most famous example…

Pastel-shaded surprise

15 April 2006 12:00 am

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is an argument in favour of ordinary life, as opposed to a life ruled by passion and…

‘Enemy of obviousness’

8 April 2006 12:00 am

Lloyd Evans on the life and work of Samuel Beckett, who was born 100 years ago

Real life

8 April 2006 12:00 am

Real life