Stuart Staples of the Tindersticks. Photo: Henrik Josef Boerger/dpa/Corbis
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Tindersticks, Barbican, London — ‘Handsomely pain-wracked’

The band’s renaissance continues with this cinema-themed show

The BBC Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke
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Total Immersion: Dutilleux, Barbican, London — ‘A little goes a long way’

Two concerts revealed the composer’s strengths — and shortcomings

Schwetzinger Festspiele's production of 'Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona'. Photo: Martina Pipprich
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Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona, Schwetzingen, Germany — review

Cavalli’s 1652 opera is played with grace and refinement

Christian Scott at the Chelteham Jazz Festival. Photo: Spencer McPherson
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Cheltenham Jazz Festival — review

Rhythms and textures of urban America dominated the festival

Elise Quagliata and Justin Ryan in ‘Hopper’s Wife’
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Hopper’s Wife, New York City Opera, New York — ‘Ramblings and rumblings’

City Opera’s attempt at a modest comeback lacks charm and wit

Cait O'Riordan at the Royal Festival Hall. Photo: Amy T. Zielinski/Redferns
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Imagining Ireland, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

A concert that traced the relationship between Ireland and Britain

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

The Polish pianist gave a performance that had the audience rapt

Amor vien dal destino, Staatsoper Berlin — ‘Meticulously reconstructed’

Agostino Steffani’s opera deserves better than this vapid staging

Explosions in the Sky, Royal Albert Hall, London — ‘Technically impressive’

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

OAE/Rattle, London — ‘Propulsive’

Bruckner, the ‘boa constrictor’ composer, exceeds expectations

Shakespeare gala concert, Royal Festival Hall, London

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

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

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