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Tania Kross, "Krossover – Opera Revisited" (Challenge Classics)

Floraleda Sacchi, Philip Glass: Metamorphosis (Amadeus Arte)

Album review: Floraleda Sacchi, Philip Glass: Metamorphosis (Amadeus Arte)

Floraleda Sacchi's harp lends itself particularly well to the minimalist logic of Philip Glass's progressions on this anthology of transpositions, never better than on the “Opening” from Glassworks, where the bass pulse beds beautifully among the mirroring figures of the theme.

Kelly, right, and Chris Smith reunite for the So So Def 20th anniversary concert in February

Chris Kelly: Rapper who hit the charts with the '90s duo Kriss Kross

Chris Kelly was one half of Kris Kross, the kid duo who helped put Atlanta on the hip-hop map with their 1992 worldwide novelty hit "Jump". Known as "Mac Daddy", Kelly and his friend Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith were barely in their teens when the rapper and budding entrepreneur Jermaine Dupri, himself only 18, discovered them in a shopping mall in 1990.

Costs aside, earning again won’t be easy for Chris Huhne

Even if they succeed in beating down the level of costs demanded by the prosecution, Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce will emerge from prison many thousands of pounds worse off than they were when they went in, and will need to earn money.

Labrinth, 24, has worked with Emeli Sande and Tinie Tempah

Labrinth to be honoured for 'innovation' at Silver Clef Awards

Chart star and producer Labrinth is to be honoured at annual music event the Silver Clef Awards.

Deerhunter have returned with their first album since 2010

Caught in the net: Deerhunter go for a new unhinged sound

One of my favourite bands of the last five years or so Deerhunter (pictured) return with their first album since 2010's fine effort Halcyon Digest. The new one from the US art-rocking five piece is called Monomania and is due in early May. They recently shared the title track from the album – it can be heard at youtu.be/bYUENZQ84-E. Whereas Halcyon Digest was a relatively controlled, polished affair, here they sound a bit more unhinged and jagged, particularly in final movements as the song spins off into some wild noise. I'm pretty much happy to stick with them whatever move they make, so I'm excited to see how this record turns out.

Rokia Traoré, Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)

Album review: Rokia Traoré, Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)

The daughter of a Malian diplomat, Rokia Traoré is perhaps the most naturally cross-cultural of her country's abundant musical offspring, effortlessly blending styles and sounds as easily as she switches between languages.

Brian Briggs of Stornoway

Stornoway, The Forum, London

Stornoway are a four-piece band from Oxford who, with two extra live players tonight, make uplifting folky-indie - although taking their name from a remote Scottish isle is apt given their evident love nature, of the most wind-swept, moon-lit variety.

Justin Timberlake's back in the groove with some top tunes

Justin Timberlake knocks David Bowie off top of UK album chart

Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience becomes fastest selling album of 2013

Album: Portico Quartet, Live/Remix (Real World)

Whether Portico Quartet ever were a jazz act is debatable, but they certainly don't sound like one now.

Andras Schiff, Wigmore Hall, London

When a major pianist tackles the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas the results are always fascinating. Daniel Barenboim’s Southbank performances in 2008 may have had such startling blemishes that he refused to let Radio 3 broadcast them, but they still glow majestically in the memory.

Pi-Hsien Chen, John Cage, Domenico Scarlatti: Changes (Hat[now]Art)

Album review: Pi-Hsien Chen, John Cage, Domenico Scarlatti: Changes (Hat[now]Art)

John Cage's Music Of Changes, created using the I Ching to determine pitches, durations and development, is one of the more exacting items in the 20th-century piano repertoire.

Hitler's Philosophers, By Yvonne Sherratt

This book tells the disturbing and important story of how major thinkers abetted genocide

Editorial: Don't fiddle with classical music

Max Hole, of Universal Music, is the latest luminary of the arts world to argue that classical music needs to make itself more attractive in order to reach beyond its traditional audience. Among his ideas are that orchestras should get out more and that conductors should be better dressed, drop their batons and address the audience. We remain to be convinced.

Nice music, shame about the clapping

Intrusive applause can spoil the mood at a classical concert, leading conductors tell Simon O'Hagan
Classical music is all about the nuances of the playing and the intensity of the experience, and you don't have to be a snob to feel that an ill-timed audience interjection can
undermine them

Why clapping ruins concerts

Intrusive applause can spoil a classical concert, leading conductors tell Simon O'Hagan

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