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The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko review – a heartfelt if flawed new opera
Former banker Anthony Bolton duly invests and borrows for his opera based on Marina Litvinenko’s account of her husband’s murder

Fiona Maddocks

24, Jul, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Classical home listening: a fab piano four hands, Louise Farrenc and the Proms
Kirill Gerstein and Ferenc Rados play Mozart; and the French composer’s symphonies are a revelation

Fiona Maddocks

24, Jul, 2021 @11:00 AM

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‘This is a full-circle moment’: inside Kanye West’s Donda listening party
The rapper delivered snippets of his new album to a confused stadium of attendees in Atlanta, teasing a possible return to form after recent controversies

Mike Jordan

23, Jul, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Lyrics on freedom that strike a chord | Brief letters
Brief letters: Dawn Butler | Periods | Cats | Song lyrics | Misheard names

Letters

23, Jul, 2021 @3:22 PM

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Dave: We’re All Alone in This Together review – an eerie, anguished triumph
The rapper’s long-awaited second album darts between hedonistic swagger and unsparing social commentary to cement his place at rap’s apex

Rachel Aroesti

23, Jul, 2021 @1:38 PM

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Wolf Alice review – delirious crowd drink in a night of sublime bedlam
The three-time Mercury prize nominees seemed stunned by the deafening reception at their first non-socially distanced show in two years

Alexis Petridis

23, Jul, 2021 @12:20 PM

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‘Meditation and copulation’: how 90s dance act Enigma propelled a new age revolution
Led by Romanian-German producer Michael Cretu, Enigma ushered in a mysterious new dance genre, one Gregorian chant at a time

Ana Leorne

23, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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This week’s new tracks: Billie Eilish, Laura Stevenson, Kississippi
This week we’ve got a dark bass-soaked banger, some air-punching power-pop, and the sugar-sweet sound of first love

Owen Myers

23, Jul, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Peter Rehberg, underground musician and Editions Mego head, dies aged 53
British-Austrian artist made numerous albums of ambient and electronic music and set up label to champion key works in the genres

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, Jul, 2021 @9:26 AM

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From Prince to Joy Division: 10 of the best posthumous albums
The best records from those lost too soon, including a heavyweight hip-hop opus, a collection of intriguing demos and a haunted swansong

Michael Cragg

23, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Leon Bridges: ‘My transition was dishwasher one day, star the next’
The speed of the soul singer’s stardom left him reeling. As he releases his best album yet, he explains how he shook off his insecurities – and confronted love, loss and a racist US

Max Bell

23, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Mega Bog: Life, and Another review – a beautiful, bewildering fantasy
Meaning eludes the listener in Erin Birgy’s sixth album, an oblique, jazzy folk-pop offering that, with time, reveals itself

Rachel Aroesti

23, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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