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Wigmore Hall, London

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vedernikov, Royal Festival Hall, London

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s intriguing new Prokofiev series is entitled “Man of the People?” and the enigma is all in the question mark.

Album: Casiokids, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen (Moshi Moshi)

Hailing from the same Bergen, Norway music scene that spawned The Whitest Boy Alive and Røyksopp, Casiokids deal primarily in a similar style of cool, clean electropop, with tracks such as "Det Haster!" and "London Zoo" employing airy, high-register vocals – not unreasonably in their native Norwegian – over nimble, ticking synthscapes.

Antonio Meneses/Maria Joao Pires, Wigmore Hall

Great pianists often gravitate to chamber music in their maturity, as though the satisfactions of communal music-making finally outweigh the thrills of solo achievement.

Jessica Zhu/Cellophony, Wigmore Hall (4/5)

Anyone wanting to test the mettle of British classical music’s up-and-coming young stars might begin by checking out the annual parade of talent put on at Christmas by the Park Lane Group.

The Heart of Robin Hood, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Straford-upon-Avon (4/5)

The greensward is a massive 40-foot high slope in The Heart of Robin Hood, the RSC's captivating new Christmas show.

Benedetti / Elschenbroich / Eschenbach / LPO, Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms's Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello was in its day a very unfashionable form, since concertos were expected to pit a lone soloist against the massed forces of an orchestra. But its intimate dialogue had a suitably intimate inspiration.

Ma/Brewer/Spence/Paterson/BBCSO/Robertson, Royal Albert Hall

Graham Fitkin is one of our most versatile composers, and since he’s been commissioned to celebrate the Olympics, the Cello Concerto he has written to showcase the talents of Yo-Yo Ma - plus the (dubious) acoustic possibilities of the Royal Albert Hall – is of more than passing interest.

Proms 45/46, Mullova/Barley/BBCSO/Volkov/Joseph, Royal Albert Hall (4/5, 3/5)

Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley are at once the least likely musical combination, and also among the most fertile.

Album: Viktoria Mullova, The Peasant Girl (Onyx)

The jazz leanings of her husband's quartet, the Matthew Barley Ensemble, exert perhaps too great an influence over this set from violinist Viktoria Mullova, which mingles gypsy-influenced jazz compositions by the Modern Jazz Quartet and Weather Report with several of Bartók's folk-derived pieces and Zoltan Kodály's three-part "Duo for violin and cello".

Album: Monteverdi / Scelsi, Vita – Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Naive)

Wieder-Atherton's recital with fellow cellists Sarah Lancu and Matthieu Lejeune fashions an elegaic narrative from music by "two geniuses outside their own times": Claudio Monteverdi and Giacinto Scelsi.

Arditti String Quartet, Queen Elizabeth Hall

The way the Arditti String Quartet played it, the London premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s ‘The Tree of Strings’ was full of drama, both intended and unintended.

Album: Rufinatscha, Orchestral Works Vol 1 – BBC Philharmonic / Noseda (Chandos)

Johann Rufinatscha slipped into obscurity a decade before his death.

Album: Sonia Wider-Atherton, Vita: Monteverdi/Scelsi (Naïve)

This is a strange combination of apparently contrasting composers' styles, the formal but highly emotional lines of Monteverdi's 16th-century madrigals, transcribed for cello trio, interspersed with the more austere, angular extemporisations of Scelsi's modernist "Trilogy" for solo cello.

ELO cellist's death ruled accidental

A founding member of the Electric Light Orchestra died when a 63-stone bale of silage rolled 200 feet down a field and landed on his moving car in Devon.

Album: Nels Cline, Dirty Baby (Cryptogramophone)

A perfect present for that difficult-to-please boho friend.

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