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McCartney sues Sony unit over rights to Beatles hits

Songwriter looks to claim ownership of ‘Love Me Do’ and other songs from 2018

Joyce El-Khoury and Sergey Romanovsky in 'La traviata'
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La traviata, London — ‘Sensitivity and skill’

Joyce El-Khoury and Sergey Romanovsky bring Violetta and Alfredo to life

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conductor Michael Stern and the YMCG Symphony Orchestra
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Youth Music Culture Guangdong, Guangzhou

A gathering of young musicians came to life when the players left their comfort zone

Audrey Luna in ‘Le Grand Macabre'
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Le Grand Macabre, Barbican, London

A semi-staged performance of Ligeti’s opera highlighted the music’s strengths

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How streaming saved the music industry

Spotify and Apple are making money for the big labels but technology is likely to change the equation again

'Written on Skin' at the Royal Opera House, London
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Written on Skin, Royal Opera House, London

George Benjamin’s sophisticated, passionate opera is improving with age

UB40 in 1983
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The reggae hit started as a ballad by Neil Diamond

The reggae hit started as a maudlin country ballad about drinking to forget

Conductor Marek Janowski stepped in after Riccardo Chailly cancelled
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Verdi’s Requiem, Philharmonie, Berlin

Soloists shone, but the performance did not make a convincing dramatic whole

Schnittke: Musica Nostalgica

Leonard Elschenbroich and Petr Limonov embody the composer’s various musical personalities with aplomb

Austra: Future Politics

Collection includes a dramatically sung agitpop and a highly catchy synth melody with bursts of static

Bach: Solo cantatas

Iestyn Davies is intently communicative with the words in the much-loved ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ and ‘Ich habe genug’

Sibelius: In the Stream of Life

The measured beauty of Gerald Finley’s singing in subdued songs conjures impressive wintry vistas

Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White: Gentlewoman, Ruby Man

A relaxed take on 1970s psychedelic rock and soul, songs include the ‘Grease’ title track, re-engineered

Aurelio: Darandi

A run-through the band’s greatest hits, with music that blends Caribbean rhythms with West African melodies

Bonobo: Migration

A leisurely flow of mainly down-tempo electronic music about a controversial and emotive theme

Julie Byrne — Not Even Happiness

Contemplative acoustic guitar-playing and vocals with a hushed series of reflections prompted by the ocean

Nguyên Lê & Ngô Hồng Quang: Há Nôi Duo

The two musicians juxtapose traditions, intertwine and swap riffs and vocals in tribute to Vietnamese music

NY Phil/Gilbert, Geffen Hall, NY — ‘Calm energy’

Beguiling Schubert, jaunty Weill and strenuous H.K. Gruber — all beautifully played

Bon Jovi on hard work, losing his wingman and US inequality

The luxuriant locks may have gone but, 34 years on, the frontman and the band he created are still packing out arenas

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence/Binker and Moses, Ronnie Scott’s

An absorbing evening featured a multimedia jazz collaboration and a sax-and-drum duo

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