If the Chiaroscuro Quartet treat Bach with caution, they brought out the emotional depths in works by the Mendelssohn siblings.
The BBC’s remake of its 1969 documentary series Civilisation was always going to be ripe for criticism. The mind-boggling breadth of the new version makes for difficult viewing, but it also introduces many great works of art.
Jonathan Yeo is fascinated by the extreme nature of plastic surgery. But whether he is interested in the individuals he paints is another matter.
Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera has all the hallmarks of Italian opera. Love, betrayal, conspiracy, murder, adultery and magic all feature in its melodramatic plot.
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