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Season 5 — ‘dark series gets darker’

Netflix/Sony The series in which, it’s said, the scriptwriters can barely compete with reality. Well, it’s true President Trump hasn’t yet stomped into the Senate, shouting “I will not yield!”

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High design

1 — Terminal Neige Totem, Flaine, France Flaine was launched in 1969, a futuristic resort designed as a sort of Alpine utopia. Architect Marcel Breuer, fresh from creating the Unesco

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Daniel Barenboim on Jacqueline du Pré – and speaking out

It was brazen, instinctive, impassioned. It was a performance that divided the critics. It was, in short, everything we have come to expect from one of the world’s most celebrated

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Company — ‘world of elegies’

Vasks, Uçarsu, et al Company Borusan Quartet (Onyx) A world of elegies opens up on this disc of string quartets by living composers. The main event is Pēteris Vasks’s String

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For skiing gourmands

1 — Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano, Italy The autonomous Italian province of South Tyrol, pressed against the Austrian border, was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire until 1918. It remains a

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Blue Maqams — ‘freedom and fun’

Anouar Brahem Blue Maqams (ECM) The Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem has assembled a new band for this set of improvisations (albeit highly composed improvisations), one with impeccable jazz credentials:

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David Virelles: Gnosis — ‘cross-cultural interplay’

David Virelles Gnosis (ECM) Pianist David Virelles’ reflection on cross-cultural interplay combines Cuban rhythmic thrust, New York bite and a

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The peak of luxury

1 — The Chedi, Andermatt, Switzerland “The highest sublimation of all you can imagine in the way of Swiss scenery,”

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Carry Fire — ‘time marches onwards’

Robert Plant Carry Fire (Nonesuch) Carry Fire opens with “The May Queen”, a wonderfully mellow folk-rocker with shades of Robert

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St Vincent: Masseduction — ‘expressive singing’

St Vincent Masseduction (Loma Vista/Caroline International) Preoccupied by questions of fake and real throughout her career, St Vincent — aka

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Hotels with history

1 — Landgasthof Ruedihus, Kandersteg, Switzerland Tucked up at the top of the Kander valley, the Ruedihus was built in

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Magnificat — ‘uplifting seasonal programme’

Bach Magnificat Monteverdi Choir (SDG Soli Deo Gloria) For his first Christmas in Leipzig, in 1723, Bach delivered an extraordinary

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Die schöne Müllerin — ‘absorbing new recording’

Schubert Die schöne Müllerin Christian Gerhaher (Sony Classical) Nearly 15 years ago it was Schubert’s song cycles that first brought

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City of Ghosts — ‘unsparing and harrowing’

Directed by Matthew Heineman, 2017 Dogwoof Most small cities long to be put on the map but Raqqa has rued

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On the mountain

1 — Adler Mountain Lodge, Alpe di Siusi, Italy Staying up on the mountainside, high above the bustle of the

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