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Tania Kross, "Krossover – Opera Revisited" (Challenge Classics)

Motorhead cancel summer gigs due to Lemmy Kilmister's ill health

Metal band Motorhead have been forced to cancel a number of summer concert dates due the ill health of frontmant Lemmy Kilmister.

Video: Tracks from the Playlist

Watch the videos below to take in tracks from this week's Playlist.

Wiley: 'You should read Howling at the Moon by Walter Yetnikoff'

Cultural life: Wiley, rapper

'You should read Howling at the Moon by Walter Yetnikoff'

Album review: Sigur Rós, Kveikur (XL)

Kveikur finds Sigur Rós in more forceful and declamatory mood than usual, a shift heralded by the explosion that ushers in the heavy guitar riff and juddering bass of “Brennisteinn”.

Album review: Nino Machaidze, Arias & Scenes (Sony Classical)

It's not hard to understand why Nino Machaidze has become something of an overnight sensation since her 2008 breakthrough in Roméo et Juliette at Salzburg. In this selection, the Georgian coloratura soprano combines phrasing of nuanced subtlety with top notes of stunning power, ranging from the lilting, seductive “Quando men vo” from La Bohème to the impassioned gusto of her dramatic Violetta in an extended scene from La Traviata climaxing with a joyous “Sempre libera”.

Reinventing Bach, By Paul Elie

This biography of a great innovator of the past also asks questions about today's technology

Kelly, right, and Chris Smith reunite for the So So Def 20th anniversary concert in February

Chris Kelly: Rapper who hit the charts with the '90s duo Kriss Kross

Chris Kelly was one half of Kris Kross, the kid duo who helped put Atlanta on the hip-hop map with their 1992 worldwide novelty hit "Jump". Known as "Mac Daddy", Kelly and his friend Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith were barely in their teens when the rapper and budding entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri, himself only 18, discovered them in a shopping mall in 1990.

Labrinth, 24, has worked with Emeli Sande and Tinie Tempah

Labrinth to be honoured for 'innovation' at Silver Clef Awards

Chart star and producer Labrinth is to be honoured at annual music event the Silver Clef Awards.

Brian Briggs of Stornoway

Stornoway, The Forum, London

Stornoway are a four-piece band from Oxford who, with two extra live players tonight, make uplifting folky-indie - although taking their name from a remote Scottish isle is apt given their evident love nature, of the most wind-swept, moon-lit variety.

Justin Timberlake's back in the groove with some top tunes

Justin Timberlake knocks David Bowie off top of UK album chart

Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience becomes fastest selling album of 2013

Album: Portico Quartet, Live/Remix (Real World)

Whether Portico Quartet ever were a jazz act is debatable, but they certainly don't sound like one now.

Andras Schiff, Wigmore Hall, London

When a major pianist tackles the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas the results are always fascinating. Daniel Barenboim’s Southbank performances in 2008 may have had such startling blemishes that he refused to let Radio 3 broadcast them, but they still glow majestically in the memory.

Pi-Hsien Chen, John Cage, Domenico Scarlatti: Changes (Hat[now]Art)

Album review: Pi-Hsien Chen, John Cage, Domenico Scarlatti: Changes (Hat[now]Art)

John Cage's Music Of Changes, created using the I Ching to determine pitches, durations and development, is one of the more exacting items in the 20th-century piano repertoire.

Hitler's Philosophers, By Yvonne Sherratt

This book tells the disturbing and important story of how major thinkers abetted genocide

Editorial: Don't fiddle with classical music

Max Hole, of Universal Music, is the latest luminary of the arts world to argue that classical music needs to make itself more attractive in order to reach beyond its traditional audience. Among his ideas are that orchestras should get out more and that conductors should be better dressed, drop their batons and address the audience. We remain to be convinced.

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