The Life of a Song: ‘Hell Hound On My Trail’

The tune is one of a handful of 78rpm records by Robert Johnson

Roger Vignoles at home in London
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The complex art of the accompanist

Roger Vignoles talks about the growing profile of his profession

Mbongwana Star
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Mbongwana Star head to Womad UK

Kinshasa’s musical richness is reflected in the band’s futuristic sound

Ten and rising: the record label reviving Swedish pop

Slow-burn approach is behind global ambitions

The Heath Quartet
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Heath Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London — review

An imaginatively planned recital featuring strings and soprano

James Ferguson illustration
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Berlin Philharmonic finds harmony in democracy

The orchestra is a beacon in a world where mutuals often transform into for-profit companies

Allen Toussaint on stage at Ronnie Scott's
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An Evening With Allen Toussaint, Ronnie Scott’s, London — review

A soirée with the man who is immersed in the music of New Orleans

Sofia Fomina, left, as Jemmy and Gerard Finley as William Tell
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Guillaume Tell, Royal Opera House, London — review

Rossini’s music soars — but the production falls flat

The T'ang Quartet at Merchant Taylors’ Hall
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T’ang Quartet and Melvyn Tan, City of London Festival, Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London — review

Pianist Melvyn Tan delivered much-needed oomph

Bavarian State Opera's 'Pelléas et Mélisande'
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Pelléas et Mélisande, Bavarian State Opera, Prinzregententheater, Munich — review

Christiane Pohle’s production was met with a storm of boos

Taylor Swift, Hyde Park, London — review

A sparkling tribute to the power of female friendship

Terry Riley Festival, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco — review

The music community paid joyous homage to the 80-year-old composer

Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK

Kanye West goes south but rising stars keep the radical spirit alive

‘Aida’, Holland Park, London

The festival’s first-ever production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian spectacular

Vocal minority

What does it take to be a jazz singer and why are they often in the shadow of instrumentalists?

The Life of a Song: ‘Shipbuilding’

Lyrics touch on the impact of the Falklands war

The Schlippenbach Trio, Café Oto, London — review

Ideas flowed freely in the trio’s improvised performances

Flamencura, Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells — review

A dazzling array of talent was let down by poor direction

Samson et Dalila, Grange Park Opera, Hampshire, UK — review

Saint-Saëns’ opera falls victim to a heavy-handed production

Death in Venice, Garsington Opera, Buckinghamshire, UK — review

A production that rises to the challenges of Britten’s opera