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Kings Place, London

Nicolas Hodges, Christian Dierstein, Andrew Watts, Helen Tunstall, Melinda Maxwell, Kings Place, London

It was goods-in-the-window time for the House of Birtwistle at Kings Place. On our way down through the bowels of this temple to commerce and culture, we passed the premiere of a portrait exhibition by Adam Birtwistle, before arriving in the auditorium for a concert of pieces d’occasion by his father Sir Harrison, some to be played by the musicians for whom they were composed.

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Love hits all the right notes

Few can have done such extensive fieldwork into the matter of men than artist, writer and fashion-designer Molly Parkin.

Album review: Sabine Liebner, Morton Feldman: Early Piano Pieces (Wergo)

This engrossing 2CD selection offers a fascinating account of Morton Feldman's vacillating progress between various forms of indeterminacy and structure, taking us from the piano pieces scored on graph paper in the early 1950s, to the more conventionally notated – though no less abstract – works of the 70s.

IoS album review: Heinz Sauer, Michael Wolliny, Don't Explain - Live in Concert (ACT)

Tenor saxophonist Sauer, who will be 80 on Christmas Day, has a bleating, wounded-mammal sound like Archie Shepp, allied to an exquisite sensitivity on ballads that recalls Ben Webster.

IoS album review: Martin Rossiter, The Defenestration of St Martin (Drop Anchor)

Eight years after calling time on the ever-underrated Gene, Rossiter returns to music with a solo debut of quite astonishing beauty.

IoS album review: Nat Birchall, World Without Form (Sound, Soul and Spirit)

In a scene dominated by jazz graduates who are fluent in the language but don’t have much to say, the music of saxophonist Birchall – who came to Coltrane via reggae’s Cedric Brooks – screams “Belief!”

Album: Sviatoslav Richter Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 3 & 29; Bagatelles Op 126 (ICA)

This 1975 Royal Festival Hall recital by Sviatoslav Richter is rightly regarded as a landmark of 20th-century piano interpretation.

Melnikov, Faust and Queyras play Haydn and Dvorak, *****; Christanne Stotijn sings Rachmaninov and Musorgsky, ****

Trapped in a long and loveless marriage with a woman who hated music, Haydn had to look elsewhere for affection, and during a stay in London he was smitten by a stylish 60-year-old widow to whom - since she was a fine pianist - he dedicated a set of piano trios.

Album: Courtney Pine, House of Legends (Destin-E)

A threnody for Stephen Lawrence, songs about escaped slaves and dedications to activist Claudia Jones, bandleader Leslie "Jiver" Hutchinson and Nelson Mandela are among the contents of Pine's typically expansive new release.

Album: Manu Katché, Manu Katché (ECM)

French drummer Katché has replaced Jason Rebello and Pino Palladino with a Hammond organ (played by Jim Watson), and reunited saxophonist Tore Brunborg with trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, with whom he played in Masqualero three decades ago.

Album: Matthew Halsall, Fletcher Moss Park (Gondwana)

Trumpeter Halsall is one of the success stories of new British jazz, and this fourth album for his own label offers both continuity and development.

Album: 'Stoneface' Stabbins, Transcendental (Noetic)

Saxophonist Larry Stabbins (of Weekend and Working Week) follows up his futuristic Stonephace album with a superb slice of old-school spiritual jazz.

Album: Lawson Trio The Long Way Home Prima Facie bbb

The debut release from the Lawson Trio comprises world-premiere performances of contemporary works by such as Anthony Powers, David Knotts and Mark-Anthony Turnage, putting the young piano trio through the full gamut of techniques and textures.

Album: Hans Werner, Henze In Lieblicher Bläue (Wergo)

In Lieblicher Bläue (In Lovely Blueness) takes its title from the Hölderlin poem used as the text for Hans Werner Henze's "Kammermusik 1958", a lengthy suite for solo tenor, guitar and small ensemble.

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