Visual Arts: Supreme dramatist of the face

Rembrandt's self-portraits are a byword for intense self-scrutiny. But the honesty lies in his recognition of the mercurial nature of personality.

Letter: Rembrandt's veil

Sir: John Berger develops the thesis that after the initial stages, portrait painters need the absence, rather than the presence, of their sitters to allow them the freedom to bring life to a portrait which would otherwise be accurate but "dead" ("Me, myself, I", 3 June). He adds that for the same reason, after starting a self-portrait, Rembrandt would cover the mirror he used with a cloth.

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When you're the world's greatest cellist, life is a long slog of engagements and obligations. Now, Yo-Yo Ma's priorities have changed and he has found time for himself and his family. By Sue Fox

Classical: Contemporary music, but with period sounds

A new work by John Tavener commissioned by The Academy of Ancient Music? What's going on? By Nick Kimberley

Obituary: Lowell Fulson

IN JONATHAN Keates's article about Handel on the Independent arts pages [16 March], he remarks, in reference to misperceptions of the relative merits of Bach and Handel, "one German baroque composer in a big white wig looks very like another", writes Nick Kimberley. Something similar seems to have applied when it comes to putting a picture with the otherwise generous obituary about Lowell Fulson [16 March], by Paul Trynka: the moody, bespectacled hunk with furry collar and cuffs is, in fact, David Ruffin of the Temptations, not Fulson.

Grieg music found

MORE THAN 40 hitherto unknown works by Peer Gynt composer Edward Grieg have been discovered by a researcher tucked inside some old study books.

Pop: Into the dark with Jekyll & Hyde

Composer Barry Guy and his wife make music that defies categorisation. They like to discuss work while putting out the bins.

The Critics: Classical: From baroque to banality at the Barbican

Thesee Barbican, EC2 John Cage Barbican, EC2 Shostakovich cycle LSO, Barbican, EC2

As if it were written yesterday

The early music expert William Christie and an ensemble of students are reviving one of Lully's masterpieces.

Rembrandt 'fake' a genuine error

A PAINTING branded as bogus and consigned to the basement of Ireland's National Art Gallery more than 25 years ago is likely to be proved a genuine Rembrandt after all.

KNOW THE SCORE; Academy of Ancient Music / Hogwood

"Historically informed", "period instrument"; call it what you will, but this dynamic and forward-thinking policy has enhanced both the performance and reception of Baroque and Classical repertoire over the last 50 or so years. One of the leaders in that field has been our own Academy of Ancient Music, founded in 1973 by the conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood (above).

The Independent Recommends: Classical Music

THE A CAPELLA sextet, The King's Singers, incredibly notch up their 30th anniversary this year, yet continue to sing out loud with a range of vibrant, up-to-the-minute repertoire, as they team up with virtuoso percusssionist Evelyn Glennie (right). Steve Martland, Michael Gordon, David Horne and even Paul Simon are among the eclectic line-up of composers represented.

Opera: I'm ready for my close-up, maestro


Choice: Film

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Reviews: Seamless slide from baroque to rock

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