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The bassoonist Kerry Camden was one of the most distinguished musicians of his generation.

Album: Yuja Wang, Transformation (Deutsche Grammophon)

Not for Yuja Wang the mandatory selection of Chopin preludes and ballades; instead, she's chosen a theme, Transformation, here realised in various forms: most obviously, Brahms' famously tortuous Variations on a Theme by Paganini, but also Ravel's deconstruction of the waltz in La Valse, and most impressively, the gradual humanisation of the puppet in Stravinsky's Petrushka (and its subsequent reversion to wood). Wang's command and artistry is never in doubt right from the opening Allegro Giusto section, described in delicate little left-hand runs against a pointilliste upper-register, the combination lifting the piece in a weightless, dizzying dance.

London Symphony Orchestra / Gergiev, Barbican Hall, London

One wonders if it was by design or accident that James MacMillan's new Violin Concerto was programmed here alongside Stravinsky's Symphony in C? MacMillan seemed to take up precisely where Stravinsky left off recalling the kinetic syncopations and even the melodic flavour of the symphony's playful first movement. The energy of one happily infected the other.

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Album: Borodin Quartet Borodin, Stravinsky, Myaskovsky (Onyx)

The Borodin Quartet is now well into its seventh decade, the latest replenishment in its ranks being cellist Vladimir Balshin, whose first recording is this trio of distinctively Russian pieces by Borodin, Stravinsky and Myaskovsky.

London Symphony Orchestra / Adams, Barbican Hall, London

The intimations of Ravel and Stravinsky in Colin Matthews' opulent orchestrations of Debussy's gusty Préludes, "The Wind in the Plain" and "What the West Wind Saw", made for a quite incestuous feel to the second of John Adams' cunningly devised concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. Five composers cross-fertilised in interesting ways.

London Symphony Orchestra/ Adams, Barbican Hall, London

The intimations of both Ravel and Stravinsky in Colin Matthews’ opulent orchestrations of Debussy’s gusty Preludes “The Wind in the Plain” and “What the West Wind Saw” made for a quite incestuous feel to this the second of John Adams’ cunningly devised concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. All five composers cross-fertilised in interesting ways.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/ Fischer, Royal Festival Hall, London

It’s one small step for Beethoven and a giant leap for mankind from the First to his Eighth Symphony and to hear both works in tandem on instruments of the period only intensifies the revolution drawing us ever closer to the mighty Ninth.

The Gambler, Royal Opera House, London<br/>Andris Nelsons/CBSO, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Richard Jones's lavish new production of Prokofiev can't disguise the opera's lack of subtlety

Album: Katia and Marielle Labèque, Labèque (KML)

Like an increasing number of classical performers – most notably John Eliot Gardiner with SDG Records – the Labèque sisters have reacted to an industry in recession by establishing their own outlet, KML Recordings.

Album: Pierre Boulez, Boulez Conducts Stravinsky (Deutsche Grammophon)

Few conductors have invigorated repertoires with the verve that Pierre Boulez has brought to his interpretations of Stravinsky, compiled here across six CDs.

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As Tyondai Braxton knows, the process whereby a final master copy of an artist's album is rendered can be stressful. "Frankly, I nearly lost my mind," he says.

Ballet and Opera - The odd couple

To many ballet fans, opera is all about melodrama and inappropriate vocalising. Yet, to opera aficionados, ballet can seem limited and dull. But, Jessica Duchen says, they do work together &ndash; and two companies aim to prove it

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re-rite, Bargehouse, London

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