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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

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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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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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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

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Margaret Atwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
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The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

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Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

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Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'