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Alexander Ostrovsky is every bit as significant a figure in the development of Russian theatre as Anton Chekov. But, while his plays have been performed consistently in their author's native land, they have never enjoyed the same degree of success  ...

Natalie Cole: Snowfall on the Sahara

Natalie Cole burst upon the scene in 1975 with the US top ten hit This Will Be and the album Inseparable. Other hits followed but, by the early eighties, sales were slipping and personal difficulties seemed likely to sink  ...

Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Jacques Offenbach

After a number new or imported productions that have, by and large, been indifferently received, the Royal Opera returns to familiar territory. The late John Schlesinger’s 1980 production of Les Contes D’Hoffmann is sumptuously traditional in style – with  ...

Restless Night – Julianna Raye

The eerie soundscapes created by Julianna Raye and producer Ethan Jones are superficially reminiscent of the collaboration of Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti. However, while “Falling“ will forever be associated with that weirdest of all American small towns, David  ...

State of Bliss – Courtenay Day

Courtenay Day sounds a like a world weary Liz Callaway - clear and pure but slightly cracked around the edges. It’s not a great voice but she knows what to do with it. Warm, with an edge of vulnerability,  ...

Virgin Tracks – Lisa Richard

Be careful what you wish for. When I reviewed Lisa Richard's first CD, Born To Entertain, I suggested that, since the most interesting tracks were the lesser known pieces, it was a shame that she hadn't chosen to stretch  ...

Dusty Springfield: 1972-1982 Re-releases

Five albums - released between 1972 and 1982 - represent the years between Springfield's critical peak with Dusty in Memphis and her temporary return to commercial form with the Pet Shop Boys and the Reputation album. Although many of  ...