Pet Shop Boys, Royal Opera House, London — review

HD images of clouds, flowers and geometric shapes flank Tennant and Lowe as they move through a punchy setlist

Calexico
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Larmer Tree Festival: frontier spirit

This year’s acts embraced a multiplicity of styles — but the issue of borders provided a common thread

Father John Misty in the Obelisk Arena live at Latitude Festival in Suffolk
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Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK — review

A welcome dose of escapism was provided by Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and others

From left: Memphis Minnie; Mamie Smith
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Forgotten blues women, unforgettable voices

A new compilation gives some of the form’s lesser-known exponents their due

Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani, Wigmore Hall, London — review

A bold programme of ancient and modern from the harpsichordist

Tamara Mumford and Georgia Jarman. Photo: Gabe Palacio
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Aureliano in Palmira, Caramoor Venetian Theatre, Katonah, New York — review

This early Rossini opera reveals the young composer’s skill

Valery Gergiev conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms

BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London — ‘Generous, diverse’

A lunchtime recital contrasted with the big, bold evening concert

LFO Jenufa 2016

Jenůfa, Longborough Festival Opera, UK — review

Many of the opera’s subtleties are lost in a cartoonish production

Carla Bley Trio, Ronnie Scott’s: review

The pianist’s clearly signposted minimalism lets soloists flourish

Sturgill Simpson performs at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
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Sturgill Simpson, London: ‘Over-amplified’

Powerful country vocals let down by brash sound quality

The Life of a Song — ‘Amazing Grace’

The one-size-fits-all spiritual began as a redemption hymn composed by a slaver

BBC Proms, London — ‘Strong overall drive’

The opening night bodes well for the quality of the 2016 season

Interview: composer Lera Auerbach

The multitalented artist talks about music and ‘creative procrastination’

The Life of a Song — ‘A Change is Gonna Come’

Sam Cooke’s song became a civil rights anthem, despite being watered down for release as a single

Paradise Interrupted, Lincoln Center Festival, New York — ‘Droning onslaught’

There is much to admire in this opera, but not much to love

Sacconi Quartet, Kings Place, London — ‘Deeply sympathetic’

The quartet performed Jonathan Dove’s new work ‘In Damascus’

Ches Smith, Craig Taborn & Mat Maneri, Vortex, London — review

The jazz trio delivered vivid, sharply-drawn soundscapes

Kalîla wa Dimna, Aix Festival — ‘Beautifully made’

Moneim Adwan’s opera is a timeless retelling of ancient fables

Stevie Wonder, Hyde Park, London — ‘Peerless’

Wonder marked the 40th anniversary of ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Magdalena Kožená, Wilton’s Music Hall, London — ‘Infectious’

Kožená presented an enertaining evening of Cole Porter songs

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