Voices

As a hack myself, I ought not to be surprised if I myself become the victim of hackery. But last week I was royally stitched-up and for a moment, I confess, I had a sense of humour failure.

Album: The Dublin Drag Orchestra, Motion of the Heart/¡Viva Frida! (Heresy)

This double-EP offers differing takes on 17th-century musical strains, pairing one disc of romantically themed pieces by English composers with a suite of five Mexican songs arranged as a tribute to Frida Kahlo.

Album: Peter Gabriel, Live Blood (Realworld/Eagle)

After the Scratch My Back and New Blood albums of orchestrated re-imaginings of his and others' songs, and last year's New Blood Live in London DVD, another two-hour, two-CD live set based on the same material may be a case of Peter Gabriel returning to this well once too often.

Album: Various Artists: Night Music: Voice in the Leaves (Louth Contemporary Music Society)

Named after a piece by the Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Night Music: Voice in the Leaves explores music from the former Soviet Asian republics, played with dexterity and sensitivity by performers including the theremin virtuoso Lydia Kavina, who excels on Iraida Yusupova's "Kitezh-19", in which her eerily plaintive keening is allied to a tape of varispeeded chimes and plucked strings.

Album: Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts, Urstan (Drag City)

Alasdair Roberts and Mairi Morrison are part of a golden generation of Scots performers bringing new light to bear on folk music.

First for helicopter opera

The Birmingham Opera Company is to take to the skies to stage the first complete performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's opera Mittwoch aus Licht (Wednesday from Light).

Mario Balotelli talks to Noel Gallagher on the BBC's Football Focus

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Album: Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin, Music for the Berlin Court (Harmonia Mundi)

When Frederick II assumed the Prussian throne, his Berlin court became one of Europe's main centres of musical endeavour.

Gustav Leonhardt: Harpsichordist who brought about a revolution in early music

Gustav Leonhardt was an unassuming, private man, and his instrument, the harpsichord, may seem an improbably modest vehicle to bring about a sea-change in the way the music of an entire era is performed and listened to. But at the outset of Leonhardt's career, in the early 1950s, neither musicians nor instrument-makers gave much thought to the conditions in which composers like Bach and Handel might have worked: Baroque music was performed with little stylistic insight, often on instruments solid enough to withstand enemy fire. Leonhardt's superb musicianship – at the organ as well as the harpsichord, and as conductor, scholar and teacher – combined with methodical, self-effacing rigour to strip away two centuries of accreted performance practice and so allow modern audiences to hear the Baroque as it might have sounded in Bach's own day.

Andreas Staier, Wigmore Hall

Ever since Glenn Gould’s best-selling recording was released in 1955, Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ have been so popular as to be almost crossover fare.

Album: Atalante, Erin Headley, Lamentarium (Destino Classics/Nimbus Alliance)

Erin Headley is the leading performer - probably the sole performer, in fact - on the lirone, a 17th century precursor of the cello with between 9 and 14 strings, whose sound was said to move the emotions uncontrollably.

Ibanez succeeds in red card appeal

West Bromwich defender Pablo Ibanez has won his appeal against the red card he picked up in Monday's Premier League defeat to Blackpool.

Pablo Ibanez wins red card appeal

West Brom defender Pablo Ibanez has won his appeal against the red card he picked up in Monday's Premier League defeat to Blackpool.

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West Brom this afternoon confirmed they would appeal the red card issued to defender Pablo Ibanez in last night's 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.

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