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Wigmore Hall, London

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Let me begin with a disclaimer in the hope that it will absolve me from the daft, the ignorant, the downright imbecilic statements that are likely to follow. My knowledge of classical music is, to put it generously, sketchy. What I know about Benjamin Britten, the subject of Radio 3's latest season devoted to a single composer, wouldn't fill a Post-it note.

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My tricky waltz with Wagner

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Murder, humiliation, self-sacrifice, revenge … it’s all in  a day’s work for Verdi’s heroes and villains, given voice on this full-throttle compilation by the go-to tenor of his generation.

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida

Classical review: Christian Blackshaw, Wigmore Hall / Uchida, Ticciati, LSO, Barbican London

Christian Blackshaw occupies a unique niche on the piano circuit. His brilliant early career was powered by the ability, which he had absorbed from his great mentor Clifford Curzon, to make every note sing. His wife’s illness then took him out of the game, which he has now re-entered.

Classical review: Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante bring the music of the Red Priest to gutsy life

We tend to think of Vivaldi’s violin concertos as springing from a spontaneous urge to create material through which his brilliant pupils could display their talents. And although the twelve works in the collection known as La Stravaganza were indeed dedicated to a Venetian nobleman who had been trained by him, their genesis had more to do with commerce than with art for art’s sake.

Marin Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms

Classical review: The final Proms cover the waterfront, and the Last Night is the best in years thanks to Marin Alsop

Prom 72 – Calleja, Orchestra Verdi, Zhang (***)

Prom 73 - Cooper, Lewis (*****)

Prom 74 – Sonnleitner, Vienna Phil, Maazel (***)

Prom 75 – DiDonato, Kennedy, BBCSO, Alsop (*****)

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