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Last autumn Helene Grimaud released a fine recording of Brahms’ piano concertos under the baton of Andris Nelsons: to hear them perform the second concerto live with the Philharmonia Orchestra was to realise anew what a superb symbiosis they can achieve.

LORD MENUHIN: 1916-1999: He had no enemies - only admirers

Mother Teresa apart, it's hard to think of anyone who made a more obvious impact for good in the world, anyone who more persuasively realised the ideal of music as a healing art, or anyone better qualified for canonisation than Yehudi Menuhin. And now he's dead the opportunity is there. That he was Jewish is a minor matter: he transcended every barrier of race, religion, nationality and class.

How I acquired Yehudi's fiddle BY ITZHAK PERLMAN Violinist

I first met Yehudi when I was about 10 or 11 and growing up in Tel Aviv. This would have been in the mid-1950s. He came to play with the symphony orchestra, and I got the chance to play with him at the house where he was staying. I don't remember what we played, just that that he was extremely sweet and kind, qualities I've always associated with him since. Even as a young boy I recognised a charisma that he had even when not on stage.

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In 1898, Edward Elgar was a little-known provincial figure. That soon changed.

Danger, daring, surprise, the works

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Books: Music - Myths, monsters, memories

Taking the myth out of musicology is an uphill task, because myths are by definition seductive. People love imagining the angelic young Brahms playing in brothels: Jan Swafford's Johannes Brahms (Macmillan, pounds 30) dwells with gusto on the virginal youth's defilement by whores. But this is one of the myths which Styra Avins's magnificent Johannes Brahms: life and letters (Oxford, pounds 35) lays to rest. While Swafford offers romantic fiction, Avins offers a richly documented portrait of this lovably irascible outsider.

Classical: A sharpener to the spirit

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Alston joins the jolly, wayward ancients

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Simon Rattle says his great goodbyes

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