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5 Billion in Diamonds — ‘well-crafted charm’

5 Billion in Diamonds 5 Billion in Diamonds (100% Records) Butch Vig, producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind and co-founder of alt-rock stalwarts Garbage, has a gentler, dreamier side. 5 Billion in

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Acoustic Classics Vol. II — ‘better than the first’

Richard Thompson Acoustic Classics Vol. II (Beeswing) This second volume Richard Thompson has recorded of acoustic cover versions of his own songs works better than the first, perhaps because the

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Late works — ‘all-star line-up’

Elliott Carter Late works Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Ondine) In the case of Elliott Carter “late works” really do mean “late”. The earliest work here, “Dialogues” for piano and chamber orchestra, was

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The finished ‘Unfinished’ — ‘right proportions’

Franz Schubert Schubert: The finished “Unfinished” Kammerorchester Basel (Sony Classical) There have been many attempts to finish Schubert’s Symphony No.8, the “Unfinished”. Only two movements survive, though a piano sketch

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The Ear of the Huguenots — ‘dangerous business’

Various The Ear of the Huguenots Huelgas Ensemble (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) Being a composer could be a dangerous business during the Reformation. The first composer on this disc, Claude Goudimel,

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Download: Viceroy’s House — ‘sobering’

Gurinder Chadha, 2017 20th Century Fox The brief, stormy reign of the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville), and his sprightly wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson, excellent) here becomes

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Snapshot: ‘Flotsam’ by Ward Roberts

Flotsam, noun, from the Anglo-Norman word floter, meaning “to float”. 1. The wreckage of a ship or its cargo. 2.

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restaurateur Iré Hassan-Odukale on Lagos

— Pushing African culinary experience to the next level, NOK by Alara (above) is creating something truly different, using local Nigerian

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Edinburgh Fringe: Traverse Theatre shows

August 8, 2017 by: Griselda Murray Brown A year-round theatre for exciting new writing, the Traverse is a good place

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Wozzeck at Salzburg Festival — a breathtaking reassessment

A world that is burning, a hollow ground, a severed head — Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, written in 1836, already seemed

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Oil and the battle for Norway’s soul

  Oil and the battle for Norway’s soul

As his fishing boat bobs its way out of the port, Leif Karlsen points to the house where he was

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Rhinoceros, Edinburgh Festival — surrealist fun

August 7, 2017 by: Griselda Murray Brown Populism, extremism and the idea of the new normal: it’s all there in

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Khovanshchina — a glowing panorama of history

Anybody who follows the BBC Proms cannot have failed to notice that this year’s major themes are the 500th anniversary

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Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London — power and finesse

The restless energy of the Charles Mingus sound was fostered in open workshops in the jazz clubs of New York,

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Così fan Tutte, Drottningholm Opera, Sweden — extremely enjoyable

Mozart’s Da Ponte operas are often referred to as a “trilogy”, simply because there are three of them. But Marc

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