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Classical review: Imogen Cooper, Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival

The cadenza in a classical concerto is a curious thing. Originally devised as a way of letting the soloist show off, it became a commentary on the work it adorned, as well as a holiday from it: the soloist could take you on a switchback journey before bringing you safely home. These days, with so many other opportunities for display, its bravura function has faded, so soloists often use it instead as a slot to puff their own wares – as Kennedy does when he injects jazz and Gypsy music into his Brahms.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter promotes 'lovely lady' but delays key

Sepp Blatter's attempts to convince the sceptics that Fifa is actually making progress along its "road map" to reform were cast into further doubt yesterday when football's world governing body announced it was delaying – for another two months – the appointment of independent members to its new investigations unit

Are there any requests from the floor?

Tonight's Prom will feature music chosen by the audience on the spot. Its conductor, Ivá* Fischer, tells Jessica Duchen about an invigorating leap into the unknown

Hungary in crisis: Tensions with its gypsy population threaten to rip

Gypsies have lived harmoniously in Hungary for five centuries. Yet now, as vigilantes wreak terror upon their communities amid the rise of the far right, new tensions threaten to tear the country apart. Peter Popham travels to a town at the heart of the conflict to find out what's gone so wrong

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Hungary for Christmas cheer

In Budapest you can shop for snacks in the festive market, then dive into a thermal bath. Tim Walker takes a midwinter break