Album: Sounds Baroque, Conversazioni I: Cantatas From A Cardinal's Court (Avie)

Conversazioni I presents a programme of baroque pieces reflecting the patronage of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, a well-connected young Venetian related to Pope Alexander VII who chose to indulge his passion for music through copious commissions of Albinoni, Handel, and both Scarlattis.

Album: Danielle de Niese, Beauty of the Baroque (Decca)

The gamine soprano follows up last year's Diva compilation with this excellent set on which she revisits the Baroque music that first drew her into performance.

Villagers, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

On a permanently purple-tinged stage, Villagers create a show of rich contrast.

Album: Miles Kane, Colour of the Trap (Columbia / Sony)

Power pop, with a hint of glam, and a fair amount of Last Shadow Puppets-like orchestral baroque – what did you expect from the first Miles Kane solo album?

Album: Handel, Alexander's Feast – Ludus Baroque / Neville-Towle (Delphian)

Richard Neville-Towle delivers a toothsome account of Alexander's Feast with Ludus Baroque.

Album: Lightspeed Champion, Bye Bye (Domino)

His recent Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You album found Dev Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion, emulating Todd Rundgren at his most excessive and baroque.

The goddess of love, as imagined by Rubens

The Dutch Master created this work for a patron, then it vanished from view for 400 years. As it goes on sale, Rob Sharp tells its story

Jessica Duchen: The inflections of the flute give it an exotic atmosphere

Antonio Vivaldi wrote so many concertos that news of yet another lost one pitching up usually raises an eyebrow as much as it raises expectations. There are already more than 500, after all, and this composer, a practical sort of fellow, was no stranger to the idea of musical recycling.

Album: Nick Garrie, The Nightmare of JB Stanislas (Elefant Records)

More cultural curio than lost classic, this is the 40th- anniversary edition of an album that, though often mentioned in the same breath as Forever Changes, was not available to buy until 2005.

An Island in Time, By Geert Mak

When Amsterdam-based writer Geert Mak first returned to Jorwert, the small Frisian village where he grew up, he came across a photograph of a farmer's yard taken in in 1931.

Poison, Shadow and Farewell, By Javier Marías

From the appearance of his Oxford intrigue All Souls – as if Proust had redrafted Morse – fans of Marías have saluted the Spanish novelist as a peerless talent. This final part of an astonishing trilogy confirms his Your Face Tomorrrow sequence – translated with supreme skill by Margaret Jull Costa - as one of the most original achievements in recent fiction.

Album: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bach Partitas (Decca)

Ashkenazy here follows his acclaimed version of the 48 Preludes and Fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier with another cornerstone of baroque keyboard endeavour, the six Bach Partitas "prepared for the soul's delight of music-lovers", according to the composer's own rubric.

After 400 years, secret of Caravaggio's death may be solved at last

Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of Caravaggio, but 400 years later some of the mysteries surrounding the death of the master artist may never be solved.

Album: Biber/Sances/Legrenzi etc, Via Crucis (Virgin Classics)

Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata join forces with Corsican vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna and assorted soloists for a fascinating programme of motets and meditations on the Passion.

Album: Mozart, Arias for Male Soprano / Maniaci (Telarc)

Try this game: play the Allelujah from the soprano concert aria "Exsultate Jubilate" to a friend, and see if they detect that the top C – and every other note – is being sung by a man.

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