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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.

Andreas Schager and Nina Stemme in a performance of Wagner's Götterdammerung, Daniel Barenboim, Berlin Staatskapelle

Classical review: Prom 20, Götterdämmerung, Daniel Barenboim, Berlin Staatskapelle

The Proms may never be the same again after the extraordinary heights achieved by the concert performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on almost consecutive nights last week as the composer intended.

Usain Bolt wins the 4x100 metres relay

Usain Bolt stars once more as Brits stay rooted

The curtain came down on the 2012 Games with Usain Bolt crossing the line out in front for his third gold. It was only right athletics' ultimate showman had the final say inside the same venue as he anchored a Jamaican quartet to victory in the 4x100m relay.

Album review: Xavier de Maistre, Mozart (Sony Classical)

The small size, thin sound and restricted harmonic adaptability of 18th-century harps explains the paucity of serious repertoire for the instrument. Virtually the only work of note Mozart wrote for the harp is the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, commissioned by an amateur father/daughter duo, here given a subtle but rousing interpretation by de Maistre, his harp trailing delicate tendrils around Magali Mosnier's lead flute line. Elsewhere, de Maistre has capitalised on advances in harp design to perform re-arranged versions of the popular Sonata Facile and the Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra No 19 in F major.

Nicola Benedetti: 'Barbra Streisand is always a joy to watch'

Cultural life: Nicola Benedetti, violinist

'Barbra Streisand is always a joy to watch'

Daniel Barenboim will conduct his first Wagner opera in the UK this summer

We have all the time in the world for Wagner

The audiences for this immense work ought to be disappearing. In fact, they're growing

Daniel Barenboim at Proms 14: Das Rheingold

Classical review: Prom 14, Daniel Barenboim, Das Rheingold, Berlin Staatskapelle

For a Proms audience chock-a-block with enthusiasts determined not to be distracted by Royal baby news or excessive heat, Daniel Barenboim took the Proms podium to open Das Rheingold – the first opera in the Proms’ hungrily-anticipated, first-ever Ring cycle. Moments later, that spacious E flat build-up was immersing us in some seriously luxurious Wagnerian waters.

Classical review: Proms 10 and 11 - Jan Lisiecki makes his proms debut, and Ex Cathedra astonish with Stockhausen

Prom 10 – Lisiecki, Santa Cecilia, Pappano (****)

Prom 11 – Ex Cathedra, Skidmore (*****)

Leafy encounter: Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones give subtle performances in Drake Doremus's 'Breathe In'

Film review: Breathe In (15)

Love lessons in a strictly minor key

Sleep no more: Quentin Hayes and Miriam Murphy as the Macbeths

Classical review: Macbeth - a community musters a skirling roar against a Scottish king

There is no entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for William Webster the younger, founder of the Blackheath Halls, Blackheath Conservatoire and now defunct Blackheath College of Art.

All signs point to a topical treat in play about HS2

Production chronicles the story of a divisive new toll road scheduled to slice through a village

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, arrives to testify in an antitrust trial brought against the company by the Department of Justice at Federal Court in New York, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

US court rules Apple conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices

Judge Denise Cote said the company "played a central role in facilitating and executing [...] conspiracy"

Album review: Ksenija Sidorova, Fairy Tales (Champs Hill)

One of my favourite albums of recent years has been Teodoro Anzellotti's accordion version of the Goldberg Variations, and elsewhere, Scandinavian and Baltic practitioners seem able to wrest more interesting effects from the instrument.

Gold Rush: Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper dives over for the only try in his side’s victory against the Lions in Melbourne

Lions tour: Genius Will Genia choreographs vital steps in Wallaby waltz

Scrum-half shows leadership and invention to outwit the Lions defence

Album review: Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth, Debussy: La Mer, Première Suite d'Orchestre (Musicales Actes Sud/ Harmonia Mundi)

Usually, period-instrument performance involves the wielding of antiquaria like sackbut and theorbo in renaissance settings.

Album: Schumann/Dvorák, Piemontesi/ Belohlávek/BBC SO (Naive)

Francesco Piemontesi brings together two oddities: Schumann's Piano Concerto is a dreamlike dialogue between soloist and orchestra, while Dvorák's rather dull work has slid into obscurity.

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