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Viennese noir... with red tinges

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Maazel, Barbican Hall, London

It’s interesting, not to say alarming, how variable the great Vienna Philharmonic can be.

Letter From An Unknown Woman (U)

A weepie like they don't make them like anymore.

Deadly Communion, By Frank Tallis

The writer Frank Tallis is a clinical psychologist, but he is not often to be seen at conferences for Jungian therapists. He is also a writer of disturbing crime fiction set in Sigmund Freud's Vienna (a city where murder and twisted sexuality apparently ran riot), but he is not to be seen at crime fiction conventions.

Miep Gies: Office secretary who helped to hide the Frank family from the Nazis before rescuing Anne's diary

Going underground or into hiding has become as routine as the proverbial pipe and slippers that used to await the man of the house after a long day at work." So wrote 14-year-old Anne Frank in her diary in January 1944 during 25 months' refuge in a "Secret Annex". This was on the other side of a door hidden by a bookcase in the Amsterdam office of the spice-dealers Opekta, to which her father, Otto, had previously travelled from home to deal in spices. Crowded together, resolutely silent by day, were two families, along with a later arrival, a dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, a friend of Miep Gies. Gies, two decades older than Anne, has died at 100 – six decades after events which she would remember on every subsequent day of her life.

H. C. Robbins Landon: Musicologist celebrated for his work on Haydn and Mozart

Some lucky composers attract scholars of such assiduity of purpose that their names become linked from then on: one thinks of Henry-Louis de La Grange's work on Mahler or David Cairns' on Berlioz. That Joseph Haydn is now universally accepted as one of the great composers is down largely to the spadework of H. C. Robbins Landon – the music had long since slipped from view when he first began the pioneering research which would restore the reputation Haydn had enjoyed in his own lifetime.

Walter Foster: Champion of Anglo-Austrian friendship

Walter Jonathon Foster was an Austrian who as a teenager fled from the Nazis and went on to spend a lifetime dedicated to advancing relations between his homeland and Britain, his adopted country. The Nazis killed most of his family, the Second World War propelling him on a hazardous journey which took him to England and Australia, then Austria, and finally to England again. His post-war efforts brought him both an OBE and the Republic of Austria's highest civil award for his work in promoting cultural and political understanding between the two countries.

Mowbray warmed by McGowan's late equaliser

Rapid Vienna 3 Celtic 3

Great Works: The Large Poplar (II) (1903), Gustav Klimt

Leopold Museum, Vienna

Pains of Youth, NT Cottesloe, London<br/>If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, Bush, London<br/>Mrs Klein, Almeida, London

It's been a bumper week for teenage misery,as young doctors in Vienna finding liberation comes at a price and a brilliant new play charts one girl's descent from surliness to despair

McDonald drive spares Celtic after Rapid reverse

Celtic 1 Rapid Vienna 1

The House of Wittgenstein, By Alexander Waugh

More a Mahler scherzo than a Bruckner dirge, Waugh's family portrait of a gifted, accursed Viennese dynasty and their times finds delirious tunes of doom in the alternation of high achievement with grim blows of fate. Three children of steel magnate Karl Wittgenstein killed themselves.

Prom 73: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Welser-Möst, Royal Albert Hall, London

The Vienna Philharmonic playing Haydn and Schubert is what you might call keeping it in the family – an all-Austrian affair – with even the conductor, Franz Welser-Möst (replacing Nikolaus Harnoncourt) returning like the prodigal son from exile in Cleveland.

Maierhofer joins Wolves

Austrian international striker Stefan Maierhofer, a former chef who only became a professional footballer when he was 22, has became Wolverhampton Wanderers ninth new signing since they won promotion.

Aston Villa respectful of Europa opponents

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has warned his players Rapid Vienna will be no pushovers as the midlands club look to book their place in the group stages of the Europa League.

O'Neill admits need to spread the load

The Aston Villa manager, Martin, O'Neill has admitted he needs to bring in further players after being "a wee bit surprised" at statistics relating to the workload of his squad last season. O'Neill recently attended a meeting of Premier League managers and discovered he used fewer players in the competition than any other club.

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