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Audio: Caught in the Net

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A scene from The Potsdam Quartet

Theatre review: The Potsdam Quartet, Jermyn Street Theatre

The title might lead you to expect that the main focus of David Pinner's bilious 1973 comedy would be on the “Big Four” – Truman, Stalin, Churchill and Atlee – and their meeting in Occupied Germany in July 1945. But these statesmen play second fiddle, so to speak, to the internationally renowned British string quartet (very loosely based on the Griller, their real-life equivalent), who have been hired to provide the entertainment. While the world is being carved up at the Conference offstage, the play is bound in an antechamber where the highly strung musicians kill time between performances by tearing one another apart. 

'Goe not a gadding': Freshers' tips 1660 style

Cambridge guidance from seventeenth century advises students not to powder their hair or sleep in on Sundays - and to avoid football

Classical review: Vox Luminis/Meunier, Wigmore Hall, London

No family has ever rivalled that of the Thuringian Bachs for inherited musical talent: they were all either town pipers, organists, or instrument makers, and they frequently gathered together to sing and play; Johann Sebastian, though the greatest by a mile, was by no means the first significant Bach composer. He was so proud of his antecedents that he compiled his own genealogy, and he possessed a collection of motets by a medley of Bachs.

Audio: Lolo

Listen below to take in tracks from 25-year-old singer/songwriter Lauren Pritchard A.K.A Lolo.

Susan Bullock, opera singer

Cultural life: Susan Bullock, opera singer

Visual Arts

Album: Berlioz, Les Nuits d'été etc – SCO/Karen Cargill/Robin Ticciati (Linn)

Cargill wraps her sumptuous voice around the curves of Berlioz's song cycle in a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy, poetic sensitivity and emotional range.

Magic wand: Sir Colin Davis

Daniel Harding to conduct BBC Prom tribute to Sir Colin Davis

Daniel Harding will conduct a BBC Prom due to have been given by Sir Colin Davis who died last month aged 85.

How We Met: Dora Holzhandler and Nigel Kennedy

'She's been to our rehearsals. It doesn’t flummox her that it can get out of hand'

Album: Schulhoff/Ullmann/Tausky, Lost Generation – ECO/Parry/Anton/Ryan (Gramola)

Of the generation of Czech composers who perished in the death camps, Erwin Schulhoff is the most enigmatic.

The Britten-Pears Orchestra is organised by Aldeburgh Music, which received some of the cash, as did Music in the Round

Who was Diana Kurzman? Donor leaves £1m for classical music

Posthumous gift to Arts Council England comes 10 years after mysterious piano-lover’s death

Lissom tone: Veronika Eberle rehearses with Robin Ticciati at the Barbican

IoS classical review: TheSiegfried Idyll, Barbican, London
Fiftieth Birthday celebrations, Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Orfeo, The Gatehouse, Highgate

Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra unwrap Wagner's musical present

Prom 52: LSO, Gergiev, *****/Prom 53: I Fagiolini, Hollingworth, ****

Prokofiev’s ballet score for 'Cinderella' had to wait nearly seventy years for its Proms premiere, and one had to wonder whether - at 105 minutes and without a visual component - it might be over-long.

Album: Antony and the Johnsons, Cut the World (Rough Trade)

The notion of transformation has always been fundamental to the work of Antony Hegarty, often in trans-gender and even trans-species terms. He's the ugly duckling that turned into the magnificent swan – and on Cut the World, that swan gets to drift all the more elegantly across a lake of full-scale orchestral arrangements, which themselves transform some of his earlier songs into more fabulous creations.

Album: The Dreaming Spires, Brothers in Brooklyn (Clubhouse)

Supra-referential power-pop like this was fashionable in certain strata in the late-1970s, and you can see why.

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