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To classical music lovers of a certain age, the words “BBC Northern Orchestra, conducted by John Hopkins”, spoken by the veteran BBC North Region announcer Tom Naisby, remain a vivid memory of 1950s wireless listening.

LSO/Davis/Uchida, Barbican, London

Classical: BBC Philharmonic

The young Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan renews his association with the BBC Philharmonic this evening, in an all-Russian programme helmed by Gianandrea Noseda (left), the orchestra's principal conductor and a guest conductor at Valery Gergiev's Kirov in St Petersburg. The 19-year- old is soloist in Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1, a work written for the Jewish violinist David Oistrakh in 1948 that remained unperformed while Stalin was alive; its quoting of Jewish melodies was a comment on the anti-semitism of the Soviet state. The concert opens with Shostakovich's orchestration of the Prelude to Mussorgsky's unfinished opera, Khovanshchina, and concludes with Scriabin's Symphony No 3, The Divine Poem. In a talk at 6.30pm, the Independent's Lynne Walker is in conversation with the music writer David Nice about the work of Scriabin.

Classical Music: This week's releases

THE IDEA of "trick" recording goes back to the days of 78s when Elisabeth Schumann sang in duet with herself and Heifetz played both parts of Bach's "Double" Concerto. Latest to appear along parallel lines is a recording of Bach's Concerto for three keyboards in D minor (Warner 2564 61950-2 oooo9), where one of the pianist-sisters Guher and Suher Pekinel provides an "over-dub" of the third piano part. You'd never guess from the evidence - and like the concertos for two keyboards in C minor and C major, the performance is light on its feet. I'm not sure about the excessive decorations in the slow movement of the first C minor work (a two-piano version of the popular Double Violin Concerto), but the Triple is the ultimate in cool Bach - very Glenn Gould - while the Zurcher Kammerorchester under Howard Griffiths fits the mood and style to perfection.

WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne/Bychkov/Shoji, Royal Festival Hall, London

The Westdeutsche Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra of Cologne is scarcely in the top league of German bands.

RLPO/Schwarz/Gomyo, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

The prelude from Glazunov's suite From the Middle Ages doesn't so much look back - in its incorporation of a few mock-archaisms - as stand still.

Sir Charles Mackerras: In from the cold

The British conductor Sir Charles Mackerras single-handedly revived the music of the Czech composer Janacek. Now he is aiming do the same for Martinu. He talks to Lynne Walker about a lifelong love affair

Prom 24: BBC SO / Tan / Glennie / Lin, Royal Albert Hall, London

This concert offered music by the leading Chinese composer Tan Dun, integrated into a main evening concert that laudably consisted entirely of works new to the Proms.

Henri Oguike Company, Swan, High Wycombe

The great moment in Henri Oguike's Front Line is a stampede along the front of the stage.

Saved from the gulags

Shostakovich's opera 'Lady Macbeth' was condemned by Stalin and rewritten by the composer. So how did the original survive, asks Tom Rosenthal. And what is it like to perform?
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