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It says a lot about how seriously people take the Grammy Awards that a video of Taylor Swift's performance of All Too Well has attracted around 180,000 views, while a 28-second clip of it complete with high kicks from Street Fighter's Ryu has already clocked over 2.2 million.

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: 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.

Joan As Police Woman, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

There's so much to admire about Joan Wasser's revival of the torch-singer's art that it seems slightly churlish to cavil at aspects of her show at Antony Hegarty's Meltdown season, but I have to admit I found it a largely frustrating affair.

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.

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.

Album: Makrokosmos Quartet, Round Midnight (HatArt)

Blending percussive pianos with melodic percussion, the Makrokosmos Quartet are perfectly placed to explore the interface of classical and jazz, as on this series of commissions exploring the influence of Thelonious Monk, the most inventive jazz composer of the last century.

Album: Antibalas, Antibalas (Daptone)

With their fifth album, the Brooklyn-based Antibalas show themselves to be almost as potent an Afrobeat ensemble as even the late Fela Kuti's greatest bands.

Album: The Welcome Wagon Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices Asthmatic Kitty bbb

Presbyterian pastor Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique's second outing as The Welcome Wagon opens strongly, but ultimately falls prey to the pitfalls of modern country gospelling.

Album: Steven Osborne, Cynthia Millar, Juanjo Mena, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Messiaen: (Turangalîla-Symphonie Hyperion)

Messiaen's vast Turangalîla-Symphonie was an uncompromising declaration of postwar aesthetic vitality, vibrant of colour and shocking of aspect.

Album: Thierry Pécou, Tremendum (Harmonia Mundi)

As in his Symphonie Du Jaguar, French-Caribbean composer Thierry Pécou draws on both the musical stylings and the myths of South American culture in these works, his percussion interplay driving along pieces like "Paseo de la Reforma" and "L'Arbre aux Fleurs" with an insistence that recalls not just Reich and Glass, but also the batucada percussion ensembles of Brazilian carnivals.

Mika

Mika, Heaven, London

This may come as a surprise to those who haven’t heard anything by Mika since he made a splash with “Grace Kelly” in 2007, but he is still making music. Tonight, he’s writhing around stage, soaking up the adoration from the fans who’ve followed his career over the years, and who actually know, unlike some of the rest of us, that he’s about to release his third album.

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