Arts and Entertainment Sam Smith collaborated with Naughty Boy on 'La La La'

The rising star beat competition from Ella Eyre and Banks to take the prize

Larry Ryan: Chromeo's on it

I remember reviewing Canadian duo Chromeo’s second album Fancy Footwork and feeling fairly unmoved by the whole thing.

Album: Isang Yun, Concertino; Duo; Intermezzo; Pezzo Fantasioso (Wergo)

The concertina rarely features in classical music outside the work of Astor Piazzolla or Pauline Oliveiros, and its use alongside strings in these four pieces is indicative of the Korean composer Isang Yun's fondness for unusual instrumental combinations. The Taoist principles behind his work are perhaps most evident in the rising figures representing the shift from darkness to light in Duo, or the contrast between the high, bird-like violins and the vibrant chord-clusters of Stefan Hussong's accordion in Concertino. Originally scored for cello and piano, Intermezzo is less diverse, with the cello's bowed lowing occupying similar space to the accompanying accordion drone.

What to watch today: Day 11

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Album: Among The Oak & Ash, Among the Oak & Ash (Verve Forecast)

Discovering a shared love of US folk idioms, solo performers Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr joined forces to create Among the Oak & Ash.

The Snow Queen, The Coliseum, London

Michael Corder's The Snow Queen is glittering but bland. Adapting Hans Christian Andersen's tale for English National Ballet, he has chosen sparkling Prokofiev music with traditional designs and classical steps. He gives the dancers plenty of technical challenges, but not much to get their teeth into.

Album: Hilary Hahn, Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer, Bach: Violin and Voice (Deutsche Grammophon)

Hilary Hahn has been entranced by the combination of violin and voice ever since hearing, as a small child, a Bach cantata performed by such a pairing, their lines intertwining in a way which seemed"magical beyond belief". The violinist has nursed a desire to develop a programme of such duets, realised here with soprano Christine Schäfer and baritone Matthias Goerne. It's rounded out by a couple of trios blending the diverse timbres of all three, the result is an album of intriguing novelty, grace and subtlety.

Album: Enrico Rava/Ran Blake, Duo en Noir (Between The Lines)

Only in jazz do you getalbums as bizarre andintermittently wonderfulas this. Apparentlyrecorded amid the clinkingglasses of a Frankfurtrailway station bar in 1999,the duo of Third StreampianistBlake and Italiantrumpet star Rava payhomage to film noir andHitchcock's centennialwith versions of themesfrom Laura,Vertigo andThe Spiral Staircase, aswell as "Nature Boy" anda few well-chosen standards.Seven tracks (out of10) in, Blake plays a killingsolo version of Al Green's"Let's Stay Together" andyou gasp.

France lose duo ahead of All Blacks clash

After watching the All Blacks injury concerns mount, France now must contend with the loss of two experienced players following the climax to their domestic rugby season in Paris last weekend.

County Round-Up: England duo lead Durham's title push

Waiting 17 years for your first Championship, as Durham did, is hardly excessive by the standards of county cricket. Sussex took more than a century to win their first in 2003, after all, and there are a handful of counties who are still waiting.

Two:Four:Ten, Coliseum, London HH

All poise, but few surprises

La Boheme (PG)

Marking the 150th anniversary of Puccini's birth, this Austrian-German adaptation of La Bohème underlines why opera should be confined to the stage.

The Sixteen/Harry Christophers, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Concerts mixing recitations and music tend to prove a mixed blessing, entirely pleasing neither to music- lovers nor to the more literary minded. When a programme also involves a modicum of production – lighting effects, back-projections etc – it can too easily suggest a lack of faith in the music alone to speak.

Hat Pin duo quit over 'accounting errors'

The recruitment consultancy firm Hat Pin suspended trading in its shares after uncovering accounting errors at one of its divisions.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Sadler's Wells, London

In 2002, the choreographer Jonathan Burrows began a collaboration with the composer Matteo Fargion. Their duets are small-scale and apparently simple: two men exchanging gestures, speaking in rhythms or walking about. It's gentle and absorbing, with basic means building into virtuoso display.

Sparks: Creating mischief again with their latest album

James McNair asks the enigmatic Mael brothers exactly who they think they are
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