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Left to right: Brian Jones (playing Gretsh guitar), Bill Wyman (back), Charlie Watts (back), Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, performing at Kingsway Studios, c1964
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The Life of a Song: ‘Not Fade Away’

Buddy Holly’s 1958 performance inspired the young Mick Jagger to form his own band

Skepta on stage at Alexandra Palace, London
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Skepta, Alexandra Palace, London — ‘Stomping’

The grime star’s show on his home territory celebrated his cussed independence

Anna Nechaeva in the title role of Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut'
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Manon Lescaut, Staatsoper Berlin — ‘Undemanding’

Relocated to 1920s Hollywood, the production is busy and colourful but not challenging

Composer John Adams

El Niño, Barbican, London — ‘Burning intensity’

John Adams conducted his opera-oratorio with a composer’s authority

Eric Owens and Tamara Mumford in 'L'Amour de Loin'
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L’Amour de Loin, Metropolitan Opera, New York — ‘Precious’

Kaija Saariaho’s opera is loved by many, though some find it repetitive and simplistic

Robert Smith of The Cure on stage at Wembley Arena
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The Cure, Wembley Arena, London — ‘Powerful’

The band’s gig focused on past glories — but gave a nod to the future

The Weeknd: Starboy

The album showcases Abel Tesfaye’s sweet vocals with taut hooks and an attractive R&B groove

Scarlatti, Beethoven, et al: On My New Piano

Daniel Barenboim plays with lightness of touch and a cultivated sound that is pleasingly old-fashioned

album cover: Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Madjafalao

Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Madjafalao

Saxophone riffs are airy rather than driving, and the music has a sunny sense of space

Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love!

Collection swerves away from hip-hop towards old-fashioned psychedelic funk and soul, an act of pastiche

Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels

Each performance sweeps through scattered fragments and from gentle lyricism to foot-stomping boogie

Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome

Mick Jagger’s performance is fabulously over the top on versions of songs by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf

Deadmau5: W:/2016ALBUM/

The electronic music producer pre-empts bad reviews for his latest album, saying it is a rushed job

Elgar and Martinů: Cello Concertos

Sol Gabetta gives a heartfelt performance of the former and has all the quickness of response in the latter

Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder

There is an amplitude of tonal richness, against which Alwyn Mellor and Stuart Skelton sing on a heroic scale

Rise of the robot music industry

AI is transforming music streaming, talent spotting, promotion and even composition

Lady Macbeth von Mzensk, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

A staging that takes a surprisingly gentle approach to Shostakovich’s brutal opera

Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

The pianist has returned to Mozart’s piano concertos for a tour of Japan and Europe

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Barbican, London

Gerald Barry’s opera is a wild, funny distillation of Lewis Carroll’s stories

Instruments of Time and Truth, Kings Place — review

The programme illuminated Italian influence on French composers but the playing lacked life

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