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Kristjan Järvi: Noises Off

Classical performers need to stop being stuffy and get in the groove

Fritzl daughter questioned

The woman allegedly held captive by her father for 24 years has been questioned by prosecutors for the first time, it was reported today.

Today at Euro 2008: Boulahrouz stays on despite tragic event

The Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz will remain with the Dutch Euro 2008 squad despite a family tragedy, the coach, Marco van Basten, said yesterday.

Fallen hosts lose interest in party

A group of smiling youngsters sporting Austria shirts, scarves and red and white face paint sauntered through the Vienna fan zone. So does football fever live on in Austria despite the nation's Euro 2008 exit?

Bruce Anderson: We are destroying the very values which could save us in our battle against Islam

Europe has immense strengths. The resources of civilisation are not exhausted

Arthur Schnitzler: Papers shed light on playwright who inspired Freud and Kubrick

His plays were the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, David Hare's The Blue Room and Tom Stoppard's Dalliance, but outside Austria and Germany, the name Arthur Schnitzler is not instantly recognisable.

Album: Dave Stapleton & Matthew Bourne, Dismantling the Waterfall (Edition)

This impressive experimental duo set by tyro pianists David Stapleton and Matthew Bourne consists of 17 shortish, continually diverting pieces titled after lines of a 17-line poem by Julie Tippetts.,/p>

There's no show-off virtuosity, but instead a surprisingly winning regard for sound as sound, and an eclectic approach that covers Satie-like sentience, Cecil Taylor knuckle-isms and Viennese abstraction. Recorded at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds, it's the first release of a new record label formed by Stapleton and photographer Tim Dickeson.

Andreas Whittam Smith: This Austrian shame is compounded by history

They thought of themselves as Hitler's first victims, but then came the Waldheim affair

You write the reviews: Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

At this wonderful concert, a packed Royal Festival Hall was treated to a slide-rule performance of a programme that could have been a run-of-the-mill outing for well-tried orchestral standards. Instead, we were witness to an exemplary interpretation of Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony, in which Christoph von Dohnyáni conducted the sublime Philharmonia through a sure-footed and delightfully witty reading with a lightness of touch exemplified by his economical gestures. The tempi were brisk, which could have wrong- footed the woodwind, but they were more than equal to the task.

Album: Franz Schmidt, The Book with Seven Seals – Kristjan Jarv (Chandos)

Franz Schmidt's oratorio had its first performance in Vienna two months after the Anschluss, which is about as bad a launch as you can get.

Independent Families: 'We'd like a culture-and-lake break in August'

Q. We are a family of three generations – two senior citizens, our daughter and her two teenage children. We would like about three full days in Vienna and about 10 days in the sun, perhaps at one of the north Italian lakes. We like our comfort, and would also prefer a package holiday or tour operator to do all the paperwork. E Brent, via email

Anschluss and Austria's guilty conscience

Seventy years after the Nazis' annexation of Austria, questions remain over whether its citizens were victims or accomplices

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Johann Strauss's Vienna is doubly engaged in nostalgia: the yearning of his age for the Holy Empire of Maria Theresa, and our own yearning for the city of Strauss himself. Of course, Maria Theresa's Vienna was cruel and squalid, Strauss's corrupt and hollow. But our imagination fills this world with a regret for lost splendour that colours every bar of this music.

New York police who led double lives as Mafia hitmen jailed

Two former New York City policemen were sentenced to life in prison yesterday by a federal judge who told the guilty pair that by moonlighting for the Mafia while wearing their shields they had committed "probably the most heinous series of crimes ever tried in this courthouse".

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