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Album: John Luther, Adamssongbirdsongs (Mode)

Bernie Krause, in his engrossing recent book The Great Animal Orchestra, called attention to the biophony of the natural world, notably the birdsong that fascinated Olivier Messiaen.

Album: Stravinsky/Schnebel/ Cage/Nono/Stockhausen, Music Of Our Time (Wergo)

German label Wergo is marking its 50th anniversary with this five-CD box featuring one album from each decade of its existence.

Observations: Outdoor performers to use their own shell-likes

Jason Flanagan, one-time employee of Norman Foster, and who is now a director of BFLS Architects, has just rolled out the prototype of Soundforms, a sophisticated, shell-like, soundstage, whose components can be set up in a few hours.

Stile Antico, Wigmore Hall

If you want proof of the extent to which ‘early music’ is now enshrined in our culture, look no further than the packed Wigmore Hall on Easter Sunday, where the a cappella group Stile Antico were singing Renaissance motets which not so long ago would have drawn a small cohort of sandalled beardies and flower-maidens.

Jonathan Miller says: 'I read all the time'

Cultural Life: Jonathan Miller, theatre director

Books: I read all the time. I recently read a big book on the nature of seeing and believing by Pylyshyn. I've also been re-reading a book that has been an influence on me: 'Frame Analysis' by Erving Goffman, about how we make sense of things. There's also a whole series of philosophical books by Donald Davidson – particularly 'Essays on Actions and Events' (1980). It's difficult and you need to read it again and again to get it straight. Hand movements are something I'm always thinking about when directing an opera or theatre production. I also read a very good new translation of 'Madame Bovary' by Lydia Davis.

Richard Goode, Royal Festival Hall

The American pianist Richard Goode doesn’t give many recitals, but his uniquely personal vision ensures that each one is special.

Album: London Chamber Orchestra, Ravel/Fauré/Poulenc/Ibert (Signum Classics)

Sometimes, music requires more than merely combined star power to make it work, as Watch the Throne, the eagerly-awaited alliance between Jay-Z and Kanye West, seems to confirm.

Album: Schumann, Piano Trios – Gringolts / Laul / Kouzov (Onyx)

Ilya Gringolts continues his survey of Schumann's chamber music, following a poised account of the Violin Sonatas with a taut reading of the Piano Trios.

Album: Charles Ramirez, Rodrigo (Signum Classics)

Guitar virtuoso Charles Ramirez is on supple, sensitive form on this collection of Rodrigo suites, accompanied on the "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Fantasia para un gentilhombre" by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, before closing with the solo piece "Elogio de la guitarra".

Album: Luciano Berio, Sequenzas III & IV; Différences; Due Pezzi; Chamber Music (Newton Classics)

Recorded in 1969 with the Juilliard Ensemble, which he founded while teaching there, these chamber works illustrate Berio's postwar development.

Album: Zach Miskin, For Your Safety (Naive)

Anyone for the cello as the new saxophone?

Album: Esperanza Spalding, Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)

She's still emulating Norah Jones more than Charles Mingus but with this third album the double bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding announces her arrival as a major star.

Album: Roedelius, Lustwandel (Bureau B)

Lustwandel, originally recorded in 1979, is a lost classic of Krautrock that prefigures the more stately direction of semi-synthesised chamber music that the former Cluster member's work was to take in subsequent decades.

Album: Thomas Larcher, Madheres/Fellner (ECM New Series)

Born in 1963, Austrian composer Thomas Larcher has an ear for alluring textures and unexpected contrasts.

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