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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.

Video: ‘Peter Grimes’

Watch the videos below to see some of the cast of the Jac van Steen conducted revival of Phyllida Lloyd’s electrifying production of the Benjamin Britten’s first opera, talk about their favourite moments. The piece is showing as part of Opera North's ‘A Festival of Britten’.

Music review: Tim Exile and the Heritage Orchestra, Village Underground, London

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn't believe,” maintains Rutger Hauer’s expiring replicant in Blade Runner. This extraordinarily bold experience, involving The Heritage Orchestra, famed for their moving interpretation of Vangelis’s “Blade Runner” soundtrack and for working with electronic artists, is somewhat unbelievable, too.

Classical review: Hadland's Beethoven, the Temple Choir's Britten, and Anthony Payne's excellent new Vaughan Williams orchestration

Prom 69 – Hadland, Oslo Phil, Petrenko (****)

Prom 70 – Davies, Morris, Temple Choir, BBC Singers, Hill (***)

Prom 71 – Hughes, Johnston, BBCSO, Vanska (****)

Classical review: British conductors bring the sounds of revolution to the Lucerne Festival

“Viva la revolucion!” An incongruous idea, perhaps, amid the Swiss lakes and mountains, let alone Lucerne’s ever-shiny music festival. But there we go: revolution, or its musical history, is the event’s “theme” for its 75th birthday year.

Album: Mahler, Lieder eines Fahrenden etc/ Gerhaher/Nagano/OSDM (Sony)

The contained beauty of Christian Gerhaher's voice is but a small part of his art.

Take a bow: Julian Lloyd Webber plays with six-year-old Lauren Russell, a member of In Harmony

Julian Lloyd Webber: I'm doing a Dudamel over here

The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday

Book review: Expo 58, By Jonathan Coe

Swinging, snooping Brussels is the odd backdrop to this artful comedy of postwar manners

Valery Gergiev is silent on his native Russia’s new law on homosexuality

Classical review: Prom 41 - One man, two conductors – a musical comedy

Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise

Classical review: Harrison Birtwistle and Nishat Khan unveil their Proms premieres

PCM 5 – BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble/Kok

Prom 39 – Khan/BBC NOW/Atherton

Edinburgh International Festival Opening concert

Edinburgh 2013: Official Festival Opening concert, ALexander Nevsky, Valery Gergiev

What a thrilling start to Jonathan Mills' penultimate International festival: the RSNO in excoriating form, the Festival Chorus, with beefed-up bass section, singing in stirring Russian and clearly-enunciated Latin, all with puppetmaster Valery Gergiev pulling their strings.

Album: Celso Fonseca & Ronaldo Bastos, Liebe Paradiso (Membran)

"Less is more" is generally a good aesthetic whatever the creative endeavour, as is never looking back.

Hugh Maguire: Violinist who led the BBC Symphony Orchestra

He famously reduced the conductor Josef Krips to tears during rehearsals with the LSO

Classical review: Prom 26 - Oliver Knussen shows brilliance as both curator and conductor

A concert curated and conducted by Oliver Knussen has as much interest as a new piece by this most reclusive and original of British composers. And Prom 26 – whose works he seems to have chosen because they reflect a fastidious control of detail equal to his own – allowed things which are not normally juxtaposed to shed fresh light on each other.

Antony and the Johnsons at the ROH

Music review: Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights, Royal Opera House, London

There can’t be many winners of the Mercury Music Prize who could play London’s Royal Opera House and finish the show with the entire audience on their feet shouting “Bravo!” as if the curtains had just come down on La Bohème. But this was hardly your average gig. Besides, the Opera House’s grandness certainly provides the perfect backdrop for Hegarty’s otherworldly tales of sorrow.

Lance Ryan as Siegfried and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Wagner's Siegfried at the BBC Proms

Sweaty business: Royal Albert Hall seeks solution to sweltering temperatures at Proms

The Royal Albert Hall is seeking a long-term solution to address the sweltering heat in the auditorium during the summer months, which has left Proms audiences “dripping with sweat” and creates significant challenges for the musicians.

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