Voices John Tavener at Bridgewater Hall as part of Manchester International Festival

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Classical review: British conductors bring the sounds of revolution to the Lucerne Festival

“Viva la revolucion!” An incongruous idea, perhaps, amid the Swiss lakes and mountains, let alone Lucerne’s ever-shiny music festival. But there we go: revolution, or its musical history, is the event’s “theme” for its 75th birthday year.

Valery Gergiev is silent on his native Russia’s new law on homosexuality

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Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise

Dance review: The Sleeping Beauty - The art of growing up gracefully

A highly intelligent Princess Aurora and dazzling airmanship by her saviour prince give a classic a special lift

John Amis: Music critic and broadcaster who graced radio’s ‘My Music’ for two decades

John Amis: Music critic and broadcaster who graced radio’s ‘My Music’ for two decades

With his relaxed style, detailed knowledge and musical passion he was a natural on TV and radio

Classical review: Prom 26 - Oliver Knussen shows brilliance as both curator and conductor

A concert curated and conducted by Oliver Knussen has as much interest as a new piece by this most reclusive and original of British composers. And Prom 26 – whose works he seems to have chosen because they reflect a fastidious control of detail equal to his own – allowed things which are not normally juxtaposed to shed fresh light on each other.

Classical review: Prom 4 Roth/Les Siecles, Prom 6 Tsujii/Mena/BBC Phil

Royal Albert Hall, London

Boston Ballet performing George Balanchine’s Serenade

Dance review: Boston Ballet, London Coliseum

Back in London for the first time in 30 years, Boston Ballet look fresh, fast and strong. Balanchine’s Serenade, the first work on the company’s opening night, is both lyrical and democratic, full of moments when a corps dancer will stand out from the crowd. In the Boston performance, you notice a strong turn, a soaring jump. It’s like sunshine on water, a sparkle that lights up the dance without breaking its flow.

Album review: Einav Yarden, Oscillations: Piano Music by Beethoven & Stravinsky (Challenge Classics)

This is an unusual juxtaposition of seemingly incongruent composers, not least because of their contrasting attitudes to piano music – such an integral aspect of Beethoven's work, virtually an afterthought for Stravinsky, despite the instrument's centrality to his compositional process.

Barbican review: LSO, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner, Barbican, London

With performances of Apollon musagète and Oedipus Rex, John Eliot Gardiner has chosen to celebrate his seventieth birthday with two masterpieces from Stravinsky’s neo-classical period which could not be more different.

The Doctor looks pensive in the Tardis

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary to be celebrated with BBC Prom

The Tardis is coming to the Royal Albert Hall as Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is celebrated during this year's Proms.

Album: Stravinsky, Le Sacre de Printemps - Berliner Philarmoniker/Rattle (EMI)

Stravinsky's 1913 ballet, The Rite of Spring, premiered to catcalls and fisticuffs.

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (EMI Classics)

Album review: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (EMI Classics)

Released to mark the centennial anniversary of its explosive premiere, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker's Rite of Spring is instantly engrossing from the opening woodwind flourishes.

Hans Rosbaud, Stravinsky: Agon (Wergo)

Album review: Hans Rosbaud, Stravinsky: Agon (Wergo)

Agon is one of Stravinsky's more extreme excursions into pure, plotless, abstract ballet, with neither story nor characters to hinder the choreographer.

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A National Portrait gallery exhibition of the modernist's work is entirely dedicated to his photographic portraiture, much of which has never been displayed in this country before

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