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Patricia Kopatchinskaja
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall — emotional contrasts

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja was mesmerising in a programme of music composed in the face of death

Maurizio Pollini
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An admirably thoughtful Maurizio Pollini at the Royal Festival Hall

The pianist’s London recital took a while to get going — but then melodies began to sing

Ladislav Elgr and Michael Nagy in 'Edward II'
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Deutsche Oper Berlin’s disjointed, one-dimensional Edward II

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s opera about the English monarch is dense and derivative


Loyle Carner in London: old-school rap with new-school openness

Samples and sturdy beats met heartfelt lyrics as the promising newcomer played Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Frank Sinatra in 1954

How My Way exposed the truth about Frank Sinatra

Played everywhere from funeral services to Trump’s inaugural ball, the song’s appeal continues

(born 1976) ;
Israeli conductor ; 
conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in concert ;
at The Sherover Hall, The Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem, Israel ;
January 2010 ;
Credit : Dan Porges / ArenaPAL ;

Moans and ghostly whispers — The Crimson Bird at the Barbican

The BBCSO dispatched Nicola LeFanu’s new work with flair, abetted by Rachel Nicholls’ voluptuous voice

Vittorio Grigolo in the title role and Isabel Leonard as Charlotte in Massenet's Werther. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Massenet’s Werther at the Met: well sung, well acted, odd production

Vittorio Grigolo led an international cast in Richard Eyre’s distracting modern staging

Caitlin Hulcup in 'Le Vin herbé'
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An atmospheric Le Vin herbé at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Frank Martin’s setting of the Tristan legend is frugally staged but musically luminous

'Lumiere III' at the Barbican
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Robert Henke’s optimistically dazzling Lumiere III at the Barbican, London

The German electronic musician presented the third instalment of his audiovisual spectacle

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now

Singer-songwriter’s latest offers nimble guitar melodies reminiscent of Paul Simon and acoustic folk

Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts

Wreaths of sax and clarinet swirl around the leader’s resonant piano, supported by drums and bass

Ryan Adams: Prisoner

The album is a love letter to the artist’s musical obsessions, especially the kind of rock Springsteen played

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

Filmed for DVD, Kasper Holten’s colourful production lifts the spirits and a hard-working cast is swept along

Bing & Ruth: No Home of the Mind

Piano chords mass together in graceful circular motions, backed by droning notes on clarinet and bass

Mind Over Mirrors: Undying Color

Tracks unfold at a leisurely pace, several featuring eerie singing accompanied by a pedal harmonium

Monteverdi: Madrigals Vol.3, Venezia

A sense of the composer’s artistic range can be felt in this selection of pieces covering his years in Venice

Various: Les Routes de l’esclavage

La Capella Reial de Catalunya play music on slave trade alongside readings of harrowing reports

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita: Transparent Water

Piano and kora can be natural playmates and the combination fires only fitfully

Turnage premiere at the Barbican — sharp, strong ideas

Håkan Hardenberger and the LSO performed the composer’s new trumpet concerto

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