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Obituary: William Albright

THERE ARE virtually no pianists left today to maintain the age- old tradition of the composer- performer, the tradition that produced Mozart, Beethoven, Paderewski and Rachmaninov. But it has survived rather better among organists, and William Albright was one of its brightest representatives.

Aljabr calls the tune over Stravinsky

ALJABR, REPRESENTING the all-conquering Godolphin team, staked his claim to be regarded as the season's leading two-year-old by beating another pretender to the title, Stravinsky, fair and square by half a length in the Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp yesterday. And the pulsating showdown between the two crack colts had a dramatic aftermath when the runner-up lost not only his unbeaten status, but also second place in the Group One contest, after being disqualified and placed last by the local stewards for impeding an unplaced rival.

Obituary: Professor T. V. Sathyamurthy

T.V. SATHYAMURTHY, who taught politics at York University for 30 years, was a larger-than-life personality whose great abilities as a scholar and teacher were eclipsed by his skill as a facilitator and co-ordinator of inter-disciplinary studies in the social and human sciences.

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Athletics: Hansen leaps into the golden world

Britain's star triple jumper rewrites record books to light up the European Indoor Championships

Clinton Accused: Jordan: A buddy in time of need

Imposing of stature and soaked in charm, Vernon Jordan has been friend and adviser to serial United States presidents, going back to Lyndon Johnson.

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PowerGen is contemplating a pounds 3.5bn strike for the American electricity utility Cinergy in a deal which would give it a 50 per cent stake in Midlands Electricity, the UK regional power company. Michael Harrison reports.

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THE MAN WHO PUT THE F INTO FACT

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Classical & Opera: A Leppard who's changed his spots

Britain's loss has been America's gain in the case of Raymond Leppard. After his pioneering work with the English Chamber Orchestra, Leppard left a decade ago to take charge of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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