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

More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task

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For some, Berlioz is the world's greatest composer, for others he is scarcely a musician. Bayan Northcott examines his eccentric and still hotly debated legacy

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With the cold season's arrival, Ian Pillow retunes his ear to the concert sneeze

Give over, Beethoven!

Musicians in top orchestras fear they'll go deaf as instruments get ever louder, reports Louise Jury

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With 26 gerbils to support, viola-player Ian Pillow tries his hand at journalism

Disney to remake the cartoon of the century

DISNEY IS to remake for the first time its classic 1940 movie Fantasia, which combined animation and classical music.

Classical: Emotion, passion and distance

The Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has influenced a generation, but his muscular music has never been heard at the Proms before. That's about to change.

Edinburgh Festival - Dance: Jewels in the NY crown

New York City Ballet

Classical: 1,000 years of Auntie

PROMS 3&4 ROYAL ALBERT HALL LONDON

The Weasel: No stopping Germaine and me at Henley

I never previously thought I had that much in common with Germaine Greer, but now I realise that the feminist icon and I are birds of a feather. We were both excluded from the Stewards' Enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta for failing to comply with the stringent dress code - and we both managed to gain admission by clever improvisation.

DANCE: EVENT OF THE WEEK

Nederlands Dans Theater Mon to Thur Sadler's Wells, London EC1

Obituary: Paul Sacher

WHEN PAUL Sacher conducted the London Mozart Players in December 1993, in London, he was returning to a city in which he had made his debut in 1938 (at a concert of the International Society for Contemporary Music) and he ended his programme with a work he had commissioned in 1940 - Martinu's Double Concerto for strings, piano and percussion.

Obituary: James Blades

JAMES BLADES was one of the best loved and most naturally talented musicians to grace the British orchestral scene over the past 60 years. He brought the skills and art of great percussion playing to a wide public not only through his performing ability but through his extraordinary talent in communication with people from all walks of life. He was kindly and encouraging to the first efforts of the smallest child and he advised composers like Igor Stravinsky. He was a close friend of Benjamin Britten, who turned to him constantly for advice on percussion techniques and special sounds such as creating the unique instruments for the church operas - "you know what I mean Jimmy"; and he did!

Classical music: The self-created composer

Between 1909 and 1923 the young Igor Stravinksy composed his four great Russian ballets - The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring and The Wedding. In the process he transformed both himself and 20th-century music.

The Compact Collection: Rob Cowan on the Week's CD Releases

A DELECTABLE recipe of fairy dust and aural honey casts a potent spell in the Mendelssohn-Korngold score for Warner Brothers' 1934 film of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This was the first of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's scores for Hollywood; the director was Max Rheinhardt (it was his only completed sound film), and the stars included James Cagney, Dick Powell and a fledgling Olivia de Havilland. CPO's newly recorded CD (featuring an accomplished Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin) salvages the main body of the score and includes sundry items that never made it to celluloid.

Still small voice of calm

No thundering Wotan here... John Tomlinson is back. And this time it's stately.
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