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- Barbican, London
Rachel Nicholls delivered a gleaming performance in Nicole LeFanu’s fiery new concertante, in an inspired programme including Schreker and RachmaninovNicola LeFanu’s new work, The Crimson Bird, an RPS Elgar bursary commission, feels at once timeless and urgently up to date. A mother sings of feeding her baby, and of a siege. So far, so Trojan. But John Fuller’s text turns us away from mythical times and towards the present. A house sliced open, children dead in
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- Assembly Rooms, Bath
Peter Phillips drew full-blooded but ethereal sound from Scholars with a memorable programme than ran from De Lassus to JS BachThis programme given by Peter Phillips’ Tallis Scholars in Bath’s annual BachFest traced the German tradition of sacred polyphony, beginning with Orlande de Lassus and culminating in JS Bach.The very secular Assembly Rooms might not seem the natural context for such a performance, but such was the gloriously golden tone of the Scholars &n
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- Grand theatre, Leeds
Aletta Collins plays to her strengths as a choreographer with a sparkling new Opera North production that’s as much for dance fans as opera buffsIf asked to nominate your favourite fairytale destination, you may not automatically think of Leeds. But Opera North’s production of Rossini’s rags to riches tale forms the climax of a season of pure enchantment – one that has drawn together folktales from Russia (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden), Ger
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- Roundhouse, London
The Quin sisters undoubtedly deserve their mainstream success. Now they just need to get creativePop is rife with injustice. Adele scoops up an armload of Grammys, then apologises to Beyoncé, whose Lemonade album unforgivably lost out to 25. If you were to use ground-penetrating radar, you would find the citadel of success is built on the bones of countless adored cult acts who unfairly failed to make a living from their art. That manmade hill sits on the remains of all
David Longstreth’s breakup with former bandmate Amber Coffman is inescapable on this incendiary nine-song setLike Pavlov’s dogs, the listening public has been trained to respond to piano ballads as the sine qua non of heartfelt authenticity. Machines, though, can be kaleidoscopic conveyors of emotion. Witness Björk’s Vulnicura, an analogue/digital hybrid of untrammelled pain, or the proliferation of suffering digital dudes, best exemplified by Kanye’s 808s a
- (Virgin EMI)Having tackled it obliquely on his track-by-track remake of Taylor Swift’s 1989 two years ago, Ryan Adams’s divorce from singer Mandy Moore takes centre stage on his 16th album. The sense of loss is all-pervasive on songs such as Shiver and Shake (“I miss you so much I shiver and I shake”), and the self-explanatory Breakdown and Broken Anyway. However, where such raw subject matter might once have found Adams tumbling into self-indulgence, here he turns in a s
- (Nonesuch)Unlike Rhiannon Giddens’ 2015 solo debut, an album of covers, most of Freedom Highway is original material, though steeped in the revivalist style of the group she co-founded, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Banjo and fiddle are foregrounded in a production that breathes weathered timber and dusty roads. Some songs are clearly historical – At the Purchaser’s Option and Julie are voices from slavery days – but Better Get It Right the First Time, complete with rap,
- (New West)Female self-reliance runs through the country genre from the year dot. Nikki Lane, however, is gunning her engine hard. “But the highway queen/ Don’t need no king,” drawls the daughter of an asphalt paver on the title track of her third album, a set of songs in which feeble hearts are tossed to the side of the road like litter, and Lane gets to drive a monster truck in the video for Highway Queen. Mixing country sweetness with rock swagger, Lane’s set takes in m
- Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tristan and Iseult share the stage with the band in Polly Graham’s valiant Welsh National Opera staging of an operatic rarityLe Vin herbé is not an opera, it’s a “secular oratorio”, composed by the Swiss composer Frank Martin between 1938 and 1941 for 25 chorus members, eight soloists, two violins, two violas, two cellos, a double bass and a piano. It’s an interpretation of the medieval legend of Tristan and Iseult, the tale of adul
- (Wondaland/Epic)Sartorially inspired by the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, dapper rapper/singer Jidenna dresses up his strain of hip-hop and R&B in a similarly stylish exterior. Released via Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland label, debut album The Chief mixes his poetic, politically charged anger – the bass-booming, drum-clapping Long Live the Chief, and the prowling opener A Bull’s Tale – with a more relaxed, old-school soul vibe, as highlighted on the languid, Mon&
- (Secretly Canadian)This fourth album by Gothenburg’s master of the indie story song song finds him reinvigorated after 2012’s heartbroken I Know What Love Isn’t, kicked up the arse by drum machines. It’s also infused with fresh lyrical vim by the Ghostwriting project, in which he worked from fan-submitted stories, and Postcards, in which he released a song each week for a year. Postcard #17 appears here, and its more directly emotional night terrors offer a rich contrast
- (Mainstem)Jazz is constantly throwing up new genres and forms, but hard bop continues to outlive them all. Perhaps because it is technically demanding, it seems to attract more than its fair share of talented musicians too. Alto saxophonist Glen Manby is a case in point. Fully at home in the idiom, with a polished technique and mature tone, he’s an eloquent player. Normally based in Cardiff, he appears here with four of Britain’s A-team: trumpeter Steve Waterman, pianist Leon Greenin
- (A1/Freebandz/Epic)In an age of ADHD-level attention spans, prolific artists are a boon for diehard fans. Atlanta rapper Future used three mixtapes and one album in a 10-month span to reboot his career in brilliant fashion between 2014 and 2015, and hasn’t staunched the flow since. The hallmarks of his ice-cold persona are all over this surprise release: the thousand-yard-stare voice that ratchets up tension by forging relentlessly through dramatic beats, as on Poppin’ Tags and Rent
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(Somm)Nathan Williamson brings together works by four American composers, mostly from the 1930s. Copland’s Piano Sonata (1939-41) is striking and desolate, especially the heavily chordal finale which sinks into quiet, mysterious retreat. Bernstein’s, composed when he was still a student at Harvard (1938), has a free structure but a dense texture, full of toccata and syncopation. Lou Harrison’s Sonata No 3 (1938) exemplifies his love of process and rule
- Stubblefield was best known for Brown’s 1970 single, Funky Drummer, which was sampled on 1,000 songs, including by Public Enemy and Ed SheeranClyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73.His wife, Jody Hannon, said Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital around noon. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalised for a few days, she said. C
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There was a time, growing up in Airdrie, when it felt as if anything could happen – though in the end, to the world at large, there isn’t a single speck of evidence remaining that it did. And it wasn’t just in Airdrie, situated on the outskirts of Glasgow, but in small towns up and down the UK. Punk rock had failed in
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- Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
The nimble ensemble delivered pithy Mendelssohn and Pärt, while the commanding Ibragimova added ferocious Hartmann and exuberant BachThe Scottish Ensembles’s default setting is flux and dynamism: that’s the mission of this string orchestra, and it makes for nimble conversations within the group. So it was a thrill to hear what happened when they were joined by Alina Ibragimova – a violinist of uncompromising focus and intensity who made the sp
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