Phil Collins in 1980, a year before the former Genesis frontman launched his solo career
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The Life of a Song: ‘In the Air Tonight’

Phil Collins was at the lowest of ebbs. His first wife had left him, so he set up a studio in his bedroom and poured out his pain

Pusha T, Electric Brixton, London — review

The rapper remained determined to play the stage villain, with songs that were restrained exercises in menace

Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff. Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography
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Falstaff, Symphony Center, Chicago — ‘Superbly prepared’

A refined concert performance of Verdi’s opera

Peter Seiffert and Emma Bell in ‘Tannhäuser’. Photo: Clive Barda
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Tannhäuser, Royal Opera House, London — ‘Gerhaher towers above everyone else’

The German singer was a notable presence in a muddled production

Krystian Zimerman

Krystian Zimerman, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘A remarkable evening’

The Polish pianist gave a performance that had the audience rapt

Staatsoper Berlin's 'Amor vien dal destino'. Photo: Thomas M. Jauk
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Amor vien dal destino, Staatsoper Berlin — ‘Meticulously reconstructed’

Agostino Steffani’s opera deserves better than this vapid staging

Munaf Rayani of 'Explosions in the Sky' at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Christie Goodwin/Redferns
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Explosions in the Sky, Royal Albert Hall, London — ‘Technically impressive’

The Texan band’s instrumental rock was noisy but somewhat muted

Anton Bruckner. Photo: Getty

OAE/Rattle, London — ‘Propulsive’

Bruckner, the ‘boa constrictor’ composer, exceeds expectations

Dominic West at the Shakespeare gala concert. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA
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Shakespeare gala concert, Royal Festival Hall, London

A well thought-out tribute, with exemplary playing from the LPO

Kathleen Kim and Hans-Peter König in 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail'. Photo: Ken Howard
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Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Met orchestra’s brilliant playing was the evening’s highlight

Hawkwind, Islington Assembly Hall, London — ‘Still packing a wallop’

The cosmic adventurers’ space rock still has power and drive

Intonations: Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Jewish Museum, Berlin — ‘A legendary aura’

A festival dedicated to border-crossing composers

La Traviata, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing — ‘briskness’

An evening in which pacing sometimes took priority over emotion

Funny Girl, Savoy Theatre, London

A touching, open performance: a superb star turn in a show that questions what it is that makes a star

David Sanborn on his musical journey

The soulful mix of blues holler and angular modernism has defined the sound of sax in pop and R&B

The Boss on tour: revisiting ‘The River’

The US election is once again being played out to a soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen

The Life of a Song: ‘Song to the Siren’

The Larry Beckett-penned haunting ode to doomed love is a tribute to the ancient Greeks’ deathly seducers

Remember Prince as the ultimate artisan

He espoused traditional musicianship and self-sufficiency

Singer-songwriter Prince dies aged 57

Prolific entertainer known for switching identities and long-running dispute with Warner

Prince, singer-songwriter, 1958-2016

Prolific virtuoso with scant regard for record company schedules

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