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The Labour leader has been rightly scorned for music that merely ticked boxes. He could so easily have been a lot less boring…

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A number of recent operatic broadcasts have constituted a powerful rebuke to those who pander to the laziness of much popular taste, and play safe by building repertories from over-familiar fare. How could Martinu's Julietta have been so long ignored, for instance. BBC Radio 3's relay last month of Opera North's new staging confirmed that it is one of the most fascinating works of its time. This week has seen broadcasts on Radio 3 of two further operas which have never entered the repertory yet unquestionably possess qualities of greatness and deserve to appear regularly before the public.

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Music: By Georg, he did it

Like most of Britain, this week's Proms were steeped in death. On Wednesday there was Brahms's Requiem, on Friday Verdi's. And the Verdi was particularly poignant, not just because we now know it was Princess Diana's favourite music but because this performance was supposed to have been conducted by Georg Solti, whose own death trailed behind the others in terms of newsworthiness but was a shattering event for those who considered him the greatest conductor alive.

Diana - The Last Farewell: Radio: Michael Church on how the ear can still prove quicker than the eye appreflects that, if it was the truth you were after, says , use your ears

"Broadcasters pass the sternest of tests" was the headline over a typical piece of Fleet Street media-commentary this week, which asserted that "the resources and skills are there in spades when called on". Bouquets all round then - for BBCtv, ITV, MTV, QVC, and Sky. By Wednesday, when that article appeared, television had indeed made the Diana story its own, but any bouquets for achievement last Sunday morning should by rights have gone to radio.

Farewell Britain, hello the Great Wen

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Ruth Dyson was one of the few pianists of her generation who turned to the harpsichord at a time when, despite the efforts of pioneers like Arnold Dolmetsch, it was still regarded as "quaint" by the establishment. She was not only a fine performer on piano, harpsichord, clavichord and virginals, but also a distinguished professor, adjudicator, lecturer and author.

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