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Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words; Variations Sérieuses, etc CD review a constant delight

Javier Perianes(Harmonia Mundi)Javier Perianes previous solo discs for Harmonia Mundi have a broad range, from the 18th-century piano sonatas of Blasco de Nebra to Manuel de Falla. This more mainstream collection of Mendelssohn centres on the Songs Withou

Transmitting Andy Warhol review  white light and black angels in an immersive explosion

Tate LiverpoolThe first major Andy Warhol exhibition in the north of England recreates the world of the Factory and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable and Warhol is revealed in all his compassion and searing insight Continue reading...

Pink Floyd: The Endless River review a fitting footnote to their career | Alexis Petridis

(EMI)Most observers assumed the story of Pink Floyd had ended nine years ago, on the Live 8 stage in Hyde Park, with an awkward group hug that at least one band member had to be visibly coerced into joining. It was a perfectly Pink Floydish way to end Pin

The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet review joyful satire of the fantasy genre

In his first book for adults, the childrens author demonstrates a Pratchettian vigour and inventionLike his creator, Philip Murdstone is a prize-winning childrens writer who lives in rural Devon. Lets assume thats where the similarities end, for Philip is

Three Wise Monkeys review cheeky chimp fable for children

Hiccup Theatre's energetic show comes with songs, visual tricks and an eco-message and the performers really bond with the audience.

F by Daniel Kehlmann review a comic novel about the death of God

This is an exuberant look at love and life in an absurd and godless universeIt cannot be an easy thing to write a comic novel about the death of God. Still, the German novelist Daniel Kehlmann may just have pulled it off. F is the protagonist of a book wi

In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleons Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow review

How were the lives of ordinary people changed by the French wars? This is anecdote-rich descriptive history at its best.

Made in Dagenham review brassy Gemma Arterton musical lacks passion

Directed by Rupert Goold, this stage version of the film suffers from its caricatures, relentless jokiness and functional score.

Chris White obituary

If you have a UK-produced CD or LP from what many regard as the golden era of pop, there is a strong possibility that the sleeve notes were written by the music journalist Chris White, who has died of a rare liver ailment, aged 61.

Journey to Aldeburgh: Young Britten CD review exuberant and well worth exploring

Even after the intense scrutiny of every facet of Britten’s music that was generated by last year’s centenary, works that have gone unheard for more than half a century are still being prised out of the Aldeburgh archives.