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'Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975': How many Miles do we have left?

My name is Chris, and I am getting tired of Miles Davis.<p>I recognize this is a little like a food critic declaring they are sick of tacos, or – more specifically – a rock writer claiming they've had enough of the Beatles (guilty on that front too, I'm afraid), but this is the knee-jerk response when …

The Magic in Schubert’s Songs

Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs<p>by Graham Johnson<p>Yale University Press, three volumes, 2,820 pp., $300.00<p>“Truly,” Beethoven remarked in 1827, “in …

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, review: 'affectless fantasia'

Kazuo Ishiguro is fascinated by repression and concealment, and reading any of his novels means working out what his characters are hiding from themselves. In An Artist of the Floating World, a Japanese painter tells an apparently straightforward story that hedges around the realities of his …

‘50 shades of literary theory’

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including a masterclass in typeface design and “the best musician you’ve never heard of”.<p>Fifty shades of literary theory<br>Zeljka Marosevic | Melville House | 20 February 2015<br>Tongue-in-cheek dissection of the 50 Shades phenomenon couched in the language of …

The best classical CDs of 2014

<b>1. Elgar: Symphony No 2 |</b> Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim<p>“The surging, unquenchable energy of this account is obvious from the opening bars, which are borne on an irresistible flood of sound from the Berlin Staatskapelle, yet it’s an energy that never threatens to overwhelm the symphony’s lyrical …

What were the 10 best songs of 2014?

Greg Kot picks the tunes – some extraordinarily popular, some that should have been – that helped shape the year in music.<p><b>All of Me, John Legend</b><p>Sensitivity, John Legend owns you. He’s a loner at a piano with a needy voice. He sounds like he’s down on his knees pleading, “You’re my end and my …

The 10 best books of 2014

Ten books to read in 2015

From Norwegian fiction and noirish short stories to the biography of a great artist – Jane Ciabattari selects the best reads for the coming year.