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Mary J Blige: Strength of a Woman

A handsome set of hip-hop soul torch songs inspired by the end of the New Yorker’s marriage

Debussy and Ravel: L’Enfant Prodigue and L’Enfant et les sortilèges

The theme of errant children unites two operatic miniatures

Couperin: L’Apothéose de Lully

A graceful synthesis of French and Italian styles, courtesy of Arcangelo

Gorillaz: Humanz

Damon Albarn delivers ennui-laden lines in the manner of David Bowie on this patchy album

Willie Nelson: God’s Problem Child

Willie Nelson: God’s Problem Child

An easy blend of styles from the original country outlaw

Juana Molina: Halo

The Argentine singer combines dark psychology and rich musical textures

Thurston Moore: Rock n Roll Consciousness

Thurston Moore: Rock n Roll Consciousness

Scribbly detuned chords and drawled vocals echo the guitarist’s Sonic Youth heyday

Elgar: Symphony No 1

The BBCSO under Edward Gardner keeps a grip on the composer’s lavish detail

Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

The East Coast and West Coast jazz scenes meet on the American guitarist’s album

Nicholas Payton at Ronnie Scott's
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Nicholas Payton Trio, Ronnie Scott’s, London — edgy and pulsating

The trumpeter and keyboardist led a performance that combined soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop

Doctor Atomic, Barbican, London — zeal and drama

This concert performance of John Adams’ opera generated a buzz

Der Fliegende Holländer, Metropolitan Opera, New York — bland and wan

If this production of Wagner’s opera has a hero, it is conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Lil Yachty/Migos, Brixton Academy, London — from calm to fever pitch

An evening of Southern rap that eventually overcame power problems

Amazon seeks digital lead through country music

Drive to attract older and richer listeners to streaming service

Revenue from streaming music services surges 60%

Subscriptions help global music industry to fastest growth in nearly 20 years

The Exterminating Angel, Royal Opera House, London — virtuoso writing, dazzlingly executed

Thomas Adès’s epic opera showcases its composer’s capacity for invention

Crowd-pleaser: Sean Paul at the Forum, London

Pop’s vogue for Caribbean music has given the dancehall star a welcome boost

Cityscape in sound: Conrad Tao’s ‘swallow harbor’, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence unveils his new work

Cellos and nothing but: Cellophony at Kings Place, London

The octet was at its best when it let a sense of fun run free

Tainted Love defined synth-pop — but started as a 1960s soul B-side

Marc Almond heard Gloria Jones’s version by chance — and Soft Cell’s 1981 multimillion-seller was born

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