The holy fool
By Ivan Hewett - 05 April 13:00

Shostakovich and Stalin

Solomon Volkov, translated by Antonina W Bouis <em>Little, Brown, 370pp, £

Goodbye to the blues
By Farah Jasmine Griffin - 05 April 13:00

Billie Holiday is remembered as much for her tragic life as for her beautiful voice. But now, thanks

The quiet conductor
By Keith Clarke - 29 March 13:00

Music - Keith Clarke celebrates the dignified career of Bernard Haitink on his 75th birthday

Held to account

Is the Arts Council an unwieldy bureaucracy or an effective vehicle for funding cultural diversity?

The last word
By Stephanie Merritt - 15 March 12:00

Music - Stephanie Merritt is surprised to find the "Quiet Beatle" making lots of noise

Northern lights
By Peter Conrad - 01 March 12:00

Music - Peter Conrad is dazzled by two new recordings of Scandinavian songs

Sweet success
By Stephanie Merritt - 16 February 12:00

Music - Stephanie Merritt on why Norah Jones's album is not just "dinner-party music"

All the right moves
By Wendy Buonaventura - 16 February 12:00

With a solo tour and a star turn in Sex and the City, Mikhail Baryshnikov, now in his early fifties,

Pop art
By John Harris - 09 February 12:00

Music - John Harris on the Stone Roses guitarist who is making a splash as a painter

Sound and fury
By Peter Conrad - 02 February 12:00

Opera - Peter Conrad wonders if a new <em>Tempest</em> will conjure music to match Shakespeare's poe

The big squeeze
By Richard Cook - 26 January 12:00

Music - Richard Cook turns the tables on the latest gismo to transform the hi-fi industry

Class conscious - Andrew Martin finds CDs useful on the vegetable patch
By Andrew Martin - 26 January 12:00

At last, CDs are getting the recognition they deserve - on the vegetable patch

Queer as folk
By Mark Kermode - 12 January 12:00

Film - Mark Kermode is blown away by another musical spoof from the Spinal Tap trio

Demon barber
By Peter Conrad - 12 January 12:00

Opera - Peter Conrad revels in a revenge which lets Sondheim get away with murder

Official! It really is a mad, mad, mad world
By Jason Cowley - 05 January 12:00

Dark thoughts about humanity's future don't usually get to the top of the Christmas singles charts.J

CDs of the year
By Staff blogger - 15 December 12:00

CDs of the year with <strong>Peter Conrad</strong>, <strong>Richard Cook</strong>, <strong>Dougal St

Old Romantics
By William Cook - 15 December 12:00

Music 2003 - William Cook recalls the era of miners' strikes, hair mousse and great pop music

Out of this world
By Alex James - 15 December 12:00

Music 2003 - Alex James reports back from his mission to discover life on Mars

Sax and the city
By Richard Cook - 08 December 12:00

Jazz - Richard Cook on a young musician making his mark in Chicago

Mad about the boy
By Jason Cowley - 08 December 12:00

Pop - Jason Cowley remembers the voice of a generation of alienated young men

Sleep of reason
By Peter Conrad - 01 December 12:00

Opera - Peter Conrad is swept up in Handel's embodiment of 18th-century hedonism

Regime change
By Peter Conrad - 24 November 12:00

Opera - Peter Conrad on the misery of sitting through a lifeless performance of Aida

Art on your sleeve
By John Harris - 24 November 12:00

Music - John Harris charts the changing fashions of modern album design

Uptown boys
By Alex Gibbons - 17 November 12:00

Music - Alex Gibbons welcomes the return of the band that made New York rock once more

A long shadow
By Stephanie Merritt - 03 November 12:00

Music - Stephanie Merritt on a posthumous album to move the most hardened old rebel

Northside - Andrew Martin
By Andrew Martin - 27 October 12:00

Robert Palmer had only two girlfriends in Doncaster? I've got three there

Sticky business
By Andrew Billen - 27 October 12:00

Television - Andrew Billen finds little that is uplifting in the musical musings of porn stars

Off the wagon
By Helen Brown - 27 October 12:00

Music - Helen Brown tunes in to the alternative voices of American protest

Indian summer
By Peter Conrad - 27 October 12:00

Opera - Peter Conrad enjoys Baz Luhrmann's attempts to spice up Shakespeare's comedy

Dance of death
By Peter Conrad - 13 October 13:00

Opera - Peter Conrad loses his head to the ignited, audacious Karita Mattila in Salome

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