Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms 2016
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BBC Proms: Beethoven’s Ninth, Royal Albert Hall, London — ‘Outstanding in detail and clarity’

Vladimir Jurowski conducted an admirably succinct Beethoven

Nadine Sierra performs at Lincoln Center; New York. Photo: Richard Termine
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Mostly Mozart opening, Geffen Hall, New York — ‘A soothing diversion’

The festival’s first night featured some impressive names

Klaus Florian Vogt as Parsifal. Photo: Enrico Nawrath
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Parsifal, Bayreuth Festival — ‘A washout’

A feeble staging — but Hartmut Haenchen’s conducting is first-class

The Life of a Song — ‘Mr Tambourine Man’

The song threw open the possibilities for pop lyrics and kicked off the folk-rock boom

Paul Appleby and Stéphanie d’Oustrac. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
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Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, West Sussex, UK — review

A fine cast salvages wit and humanity from Berlioz’s opera

Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon at the SXSW festival earlier this year. Photo: Rahav Segev/Getty
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Sun Kil Moon, RFH, London — ‘Compelling’

Mark Kozelek’s downbeat monologues are cumulatively hypnotic

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, Wigmore Hall, London — review

A bold programme of ancient and modern from the harpsichordist

Aureliano in Palmira, Caramoor Venetian Theatre, Katonah, New York — review

This early Rossini opera reveals the young composer’s skill

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

A lunchtime recital contrasted with the big, bold evening concert

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, 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

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