Alissa Firsova after the world premiere of 'Bergen's Bonfire' at the BBC Proms 2015. Photo: Chris Christodoulou
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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Seductive sounds abounded in this performance under Andrew Litton

The record cover for James Moody’s 1949 version

The Life of a Song — ‘I’m in the Mood for Love’

Tune was recorded by US jazz saxophonist James Moody in 1949

A string performance in Moritzburg Castle
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Moritzburg Festival, Germany

A striking setting for music that was bold rather than beautiful

Barenboim Iran visit piques Israel’s far-right

Culture minister protests over music tour

The Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra with Matthias Pintscher
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Lucerne Festival, KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland

The festival’s ‘Day for Pierre Boulez’ was a triumph

Roger Thomas

Lonnie Holley, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The singer/keyboardist conjured up ghosts and faraway places

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Shostakovich's 'Orango' at the BBC Proms
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Shostakovich’s Orango, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

The composer’s unfinished opera was a head-splitting experience

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra at BBC Proms. Photo: Chris Christodoulou
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Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London — review

Under Andris Nelsons, the orchestra gave notice of its arrival

The Ruhr Triennale’s 'Orfeo'
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Orfeo, Ruhr Triennale, Welterbe Zollverein, Essen

A surreally staged ‘death rehearsal’ inspired by Monteverdi’s opera

Meltdown festival: There Will Be Blood

Jonny Greenwood’s music for the film performed live

The Life of a Song: ‘Nature Boy’

The song mixes autobiography with spiritual convictions

Overtures that bridge east and west

One of China’s top conductors is extending the appeal of his country’s music

Kirk Lightsey-Paul Zauner Quintet, Vortex Jazz Club, London

The pianist lifted a set of standard repertoire out of the ordinary

Spotify bans ‘payola’ on playlists

Streaming music service seeks to curb record company influence

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Daniel Barenboim’s conducting lent a romantic quality to the performances

Sunn O))), Meltdown, Southbank Centre, London

The drone-metallers pushed the limits of the Meltdown sound system

Amadou and Mariam, Boomtown Fair, Winchester, UK

A tight set incorporated everything from gritty rock to dub reggae

Sémélé, Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, California

The rarely performed Baroque opera was played with delicacy

Accattone, Ruhr Triennale, Dinslaken

A pale reproduction of a once-great piece of social criticism

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, London

The powerfully played Sibelius cycle was a force of nature

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