Arts and Entertainment They should have known better: the controversial cover of the Beatles' 1966 album 'Yesterday and Today', released by Capitol in the US

As a box-set of The Beatles' US albums is released, Andy Gill laments America's cavalier approach to the Fab Four's classics

Album: Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Reunited (EMI)

In the current hubbub over the Beatles, the reunion of Cliff and the Shadows may have been overlooked, despite representing an even more venerable anniversary of 50 years since their first chart appearance.

Album: Antonio Pappano, Verdi: Messa da Requiem (EMI Classics)

This is the second outstanding release this year from Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra & Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, following the acclaimed Madama Butterfly with Angela Gheorgiu.

Album: Age of Chance, 1000 Years of Trouble / The EPs (EMI)

Age of Chance arrived like a well-aimed grenade amid the lily-livered cuties of the C86 scene.

DVD: Hannah Montana: The Movie, For retail & rental (EMI)

In a Walt Disney film that's only just on the wrong side of a divide between insultingly naked commercialism and postmodern genius, the US popstrel Miley Cyrus stars as Miley, a teenager with a pop-star alter ego, Montana, who is dragged home to Tennessee by her father, Robby Ray (played by Billy Ray, Cyrus's real-life father) because she's all spoilt and bratty and needs to be instilled with good old-fashioned values. Kids seem to like it, and it's unlikely to do them any harm.

Still playing the rebel: Nigel Kennedy is back and he's showing no signs of mellowing

Nigel Kennedy returns for a gig at London's Tower Festival as his seminal Vivaldi album gets a 20th anniversary re-release. He still has the haircut, the attitude, and he's still angry – about conductors, the price of CDs, Palestine, country music, Margaret Thatcher, and much more. Jessica Duchen met him, and then partied...

EMI Records: a history in music

They dominated the British music industry for half a decade, but how did EMI Records get there? And what factors contributed to their extraordinary decline?

Hands buys into US green boom with $350m EverPower wind deal

The private equity tycoon Guy Hands has bought the US green energy group EverPower Wind Holdings in a deal understood to be worth $350m (£216m).

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch diagnosed with cancer

Adam "MCA" Yauch, a founding member of rap group the Beastie Boys, said on Monday he has a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland, forcing the cancellation of the band's upcoming concerts.

Album: Riceboy Sleeps, Riceboy Sleeps, (Parlophone)

Sigur Ros's Jon Thor Birgisson certainly can't be accused of wrongfooting anyone with this instrumental side-project with boyfriend Alex Somers.

Album: Prokofiev, Piano Concertos 2 & 3 – Kissin/Ashkenazy/ Philharmonia, (EMI)

Is a former concert pianist the best conductor for a piano concerto? Apparently not.

Album: Franz Schubert, Impromptus 142/Sonate 78 – Staier, (Harmonia Mundi)

More than 20 years after Melvyn Tan's revolutionary EMI recording, fortepianist Andreas Staier's performance has a confidence and clarity that make the modern grand piano sound clumsy.

Album: John Tavener, Requiem (EMI Classics)

Recorded by the same team that premiered the piece at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral last year – the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko – the seven-movement Requiem may be the ultimate realisation of John Tavener's multi-faith attitudes, blending textual fragments from Islamic, Hindu and Christian sources, and incorporating Tibetan temple bells and Native American drums alongside the orchestra.

Album: Ravel, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges – Berlina Phil/Rattle, (EMI)

Spiritual grandfather to Maurice Sendak's wolf-suited Max, the hero of Maurice Ravel's opera learns what happens to naughty boys with vivid imaginations when his much-abused toys, pets and furniture bite back.

Album: Choir Of King's College, Cambridge, Handel's Messiah (EMI Classics)

It's not just rock groups that rush-release live albums.

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This tyrant doesn’t rule

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