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Album: Lawson Trio, The Long Way Home (Prima Facie)

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.

Masterstrokes: piano pupil Jane Garvey

The Week in Radio: Moved by key moments in musical history

Compared to wrestling with a cello, women could still look pretty while they were playing the piano

Album: John Cage, As It Is (ECM New Series)

The flood of releases marking Cage's centenary continues with this excellent selection of early works played by pianist Alexei Lubimov and singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova, who have been performing his music since the time it outraged the Russian establishment in the '60s and '70s.

Fantasy band: Anand Wilder, Yeasayer

'I think being in my band would make Brian Eno angry'

Colin Horsley: Pioneering pianist

Colin Horsley, the New Zealand pianist who made his home in Britain, was first noticed at an end-of-term concert at the Royal College of Music in 1941 when he displayed "almost alarming virtuosity" in a performance of the Saint-Saëns G minor piano concerto. A reviewer wrote: "he can do everything and does it with ease".

Album: Calexico, Algiers City (Slang)

A new city inspires new sounds for US roots-rockers

The Rape of Lucrece, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

We are familiar with the one-man show, in which a single actor plays all the roles.

Album: Dylan LeBlanc, cast the Same Old Shadow (Rough Trade)

A suite of songs (ie, the mood is consistent throughout) of love and loss that aims for the austere mood of Gene Clark's No Other and falls short only because it reaches so high.

Album: Nora Gubisch, Alain Altinoglu, Ravel: Mélodies
(Naïve)

Ravel effected an understated formal revolution in vocal music, the pieces performed here by mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch with pianist Alain Altinoglu being notable for their commitment to textual interpretation rather than sheer operatic grandeur.

Page 3 Profile: Nicholas McCarthy, one-handed piano player

A one-handed piano player?

Nicholas McCarthy: The concert pianist who decided to take on the world – single-handed

Royal College of Music graduate is astounding sell-out audiences after overcoming prejudice

Prom 43: Grosvenor/RPO/Dutoit
Prom 44: London Sinfonietta/Academy Ensemble/de Ridder, Royal Albert Hall

Playing Liszt’s second piano concerto in last year’s opening Prom was nineteen-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor’s big coming-out, but he’s still studying at the Royal Academy, and carving out a niche combining Chopin and Liszt with light showbiz.

Album: Tom Bancroft: Trio Red, First Hello to Last Goodbye (Interrupto)

When talented musicians try to leave their training behind in order to sound more spontaneous, the results can be full of child-like wonder or merely simple-minded.

Orchestra members and tutors rehearse in Edinburgh ahead of their tour

'World's bravest orchestra' defies the bombers

Next week, young Iraqi musicians make their international concert debut in Britain. Paul Bignell reports on the obstacles they faced

Album: James Yorkston, I Was A Cat From a Book (Domino)

For his latest album, James Yorkston augments his usual band with members of Lamb and the Cinematic Orchestra.

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Panto dames: before and after

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