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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.

Album review: Sabine Liebner, Morton Feldman: Early Piano Pieces (Wergo)

This engrossing 2CD selection offers a fascinating account of Morton Feldman's vacillating progress between various forms of indeterminacy and structure, taking us from the piano pieces scored on graph paper in the early 1950s, to the more conventionally notated – though no less abstract – works of the 70s.

IoS album review: Heinz Sauer, Michael Wolliny, Don't Explain - Live in Concert (ACT)

Tenor saxophonist Sauer, who will be 80 on Christmas Day, has a bleating, wounded-mammal sound like Archie Shepp, allied to an exquisite sensitivity on ballads that recalls Ben Webster.

Ios album review: Moskus, Salmesykkel (Hubro)

Let's get the linguistic problems out of the way first. This moose-related piano trio from Trondheim, Norway, whose album title translates (loosely?) as "Hymn Bicycle", have a bright, playful style that combines a little groove with a lot of serious sentience.

IoS album review: Martin Rossiter, The Defenestration of St Martin (Drop Anchor)

Eight years after calling time on the ever-underrated Gene, Rossiter returns to music with a solo debut of quite astonishing beauty.

IoS album review: Nat Birchall, World Without Form (Sound, Soul and Spirit)

In a scene dominated by jazz graduates who are fluent in the language but don’t have much to say, the music of saxophonist Birchall – who came to Coltrane via reggae’s Cedric Brooks – screams “Belief!”

Album: Sviatoslav Richter Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 3 & 29; Bagatelles Op 126 (ICA)

This 1975 Royal Festival Hall recital by Sviatoslav Richter is rightly regarded as a landmark of 20th-century piano interpretation.

Schubert Ensemble, Capucon, ***/ Montero, ****

Private patronage was always the trigger for the composition of classical music, and it’s good to know the system is still alive and well: George Law decided to celebrate his 80th birthday by commissioning a piano quintet from Jonathan Dove.

Album: Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, Charlie Haden, Magico – Carta de Amor (ECM)

More than 30 years after this short-lived trio's landmark albums Magico and Folk Songs, ECM has unearthed a live recording from a 1981 concert in Munich.

Album: Brian Eno, Lux (Warp)

Brian Eno has reverted to the long-form ambient style of Music For Airports and Discreet Music, considering Lux the latest extension of his long-term "Music For Thinking" project.

Three of the Johnny Dankworth Seven in 1951: from left, Dankworth, Harvey and Don Rendell

Eddie Harvey: Expressive trombonist who became one of the finest teachers of jazz

'Show us your balls, pal!' was Woody Herman's cry to any player who he felt was underperforming

Album: Vivaldi/Richter, The Four Seasons - Hope/DeRidder/KKB (Deutsche Grammophon)

Vivaldi was a prolific borrower. So let's not be huffy about Max Richter's "recomposition" of The Four Seasons.

Album: Michael Tilson Thomas, American Mavericks: Cowell, Harrison, Varèse SFS (Media)

Michael Tilson Thomas's time at the helm of the San Francisco Symphony has been marked by a courageous dedication to modernist American outsiders, and American Mavericks bears out the orchestra's experience with such outré material.

Diana Krall, Royal Albert Hall, London

"The JK Rowling of jazz" was how the deliriously successful chanteuse was once memorably described, and occasionally the demure Diana Krall's brand of dinner jazz is almost offensively inoffensive, music to grace shopping mall lifts and smooth radio stations.

Melnikov, Faust and Queyras play Haydn and Dvorak, *****; Christanne Stotijn sings Rachmaninov and Musorgsky, ****

Trapped in a long and loveless marriage with a woman who hated music, Haydn had to look elsewhere for affection, and during a stay in London he was smitten by a stylish 60-year-old widow to whom - since she was a fine pianist - he dedicated a set of piano trios.

Album: Courtney Pine, House of Legends (Destin-E)

A threnody for Stephen Lawrence, songs about escaped slaves and dedications to activist Claudia Jones, bandleader Leslie "Jiver" Hutchinson and Nelson Mandela are among the contents of Pine's typically expansive new release.

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