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The Weekend's Viewing: BBC2 tackles the mysteries of life and charts the story of music...all in a weekend

Howard Goodall's Story of Music, Sat, BBC2 // Wonders of Life, Sun, BBC2

Spectators wave to President Barack Obama as the inaugural parade moves down Pennsylvainia Avenue

You shall go to Barack Obama's inaugural ball - all 34,499 of you

The queues for the plastic champagne flutes might have rivalled those at Terminal 5 last weekend

Tenor Andrew Kennedy in rehearsal with conductor Adam Fischer

IoS album review: Broadcast, Berberian Sound Studio (Warp Records)

This soundtrack to Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio is the last record by Broadcast, purveyors of icy-sharp electronica: singer Trish Keenan died unexpectedly in 2011.

Charlotte Barbour-Condini, London Octave
St Martin in the Fields

To ‘record’ derives from the Latin recordari, ‘to remember’, and that’s what medieval English minstrels did with the instrument to which they gave this name.

Album: Sinkane, Mars (City Slang)

A grooving gun for hire conjures up a magical mix

IoS album review: Debussy, La Mer etc – Anima Eterna Brugge/Jos van Immerseel (Zig-zag Territoires)

Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna Brugge explore the timbres of the Parisian orchestra on the cusp of the 20th century in this absorbing period-instruments performance of three of Debussy’s most famous works.

Hot Chip, Brixton Academy, London

Anyone still ready to dismiss Hot Chip as geeks or middle-class ironists would be disabused of that notion as soon as the south London five-piece appear.

Album: Hans Werner, Henze In Lieblicher Bläue (Wergo)

In Lieblicher Bläue (In Lovely Blueness) takes its title from the Hölderlin poem used as the text for Hans Werner Henze's "Kammermusik 1958", a lengthy suite for solo tenor, guitar and small ensemble.

Album: The Feldman Soloists, Crippled Symmetry: at June In Buffalo (Frozen Reeds)

Performed by Morton Feldman's original ensemble at a posthumous celebration of his work held at the 2000 season of June in Buffalo – the annual new-music festival he established in 1975 – this version of his classic "Crippled Symmetry" perfectly captures the poise at the heart of his music.

Album: Handel, Song for St Cecilia's Day – Ludus Baroque/Neville-Towle (Delphian)

Ludus Baroque's second recording under Richard Neville-Towle pairs the grand Song for St Cecilia's Day with the more intimate Cecilian cantata Look Down, Harmonious Saint, using the Concerto Grosso in B flat as a bridge.

Album: Ludus Baroque, Handel: Song for St. Cecilia's Day (Delphian)

Following up their debut recording of Alexander's Feast, the Scottish period ensemble Ludus Baroque present another Handel piece, the composer's setting of Dryden's celebration of the patron saint of musicians, "A Song for St Cecilia's Day".

Prom 26: Bach Mass in B minor, English Concert, Bicket, Royal Albert Hall

With Exhibition Road turned into a fair - acrobats and jugglers, exotic foods and folk singers, and the charity-cycling Olympianist pounding out his music from the back of a lorry - the Proms must work to keep their audience.

Album: Thierry Pécou, Tremendum (Harmonia Mundi)

As in his Symphonie Du Jaguar, French-Caribbean composer Thierry Pécou draws on both the musical stylings and the myths of South American culture in these works, his percussion interplay driving along pieces like "Paseo de la Reforma" and "L'Arbre aux Fleurs" with an insistence that recalls not just Reich and Glass, but also the batucada percussion ensembles of Brazilian carnivals.

Album: Angus Stone Broken Brights (Desert Harvest)

Flying solo again following several recordings with his sister Julia, Angus Stone delivers what may be his masterpiece in Broken Brights, an album that seamlessly inhabits the resurgent Laurel Canyon sound.

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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