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Album: Liszt, Symphonic Poems Vol 5 – Noseda/BBC Phil, (Chandos)

The fifth volume in Gianandrea Noseda's authoritative Liszt cycle with the BBC Philharmonic, this is also the most technically and interpretively exacting programme.

Album: Rachael Yamagata, Elephants/Teeth Sinking into Heart (Warner Brothers)

Rachael Yamagata's second album comes as a double, the nine moody love songs of Elephants followed by a burst of five more brusquely energetic rock songs on Teeth Sinking into Heart.

Why I Love: Playing the clarinet

Paterson Joseph, actor

Joyce DiDonato/Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset, Barbican, London

When Joyce DiDonato sweeps on with tousled blonde mane and in a skimpy scarlet bodice, you know this Southern belle means business of a steamy sort. We saw her at Covent Garden as the scorned Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni: her sulphurous rage incinerated everything it touched. So when she gives a recital entitled Furore: Handel's Scenes of Madness, we know roughly what to expect.

Album: Issie Barratt, Astral Pleasures, (Fuzzy Moon)

In contrast to the big band orthodoxy of Maria Schneider and Vince Mendoza – all woodwind sighs and whispers – composer Barratt has a refreshingly heavy touch.

Jimmy Giuffre: Jazz clarinettist and composer

The casual listener would perhaps enjoy Jimmy Giuffre's folksy, bluesy clarinet playing, but to jazz historians he was perhaps more potent as a writer and arranger. His "Four Brothers", written for the saxophone players in Woody Herman's 1947 Second Herd, including Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, became one of the everlasting jazz classics. He was perhaps best known for the trio he led on clarinet that played attractive and basic jazz like his famed "The Train and the River", which, in one of the best bits of jazz cinema ever, opened the film Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), a documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

Album: Brahms, Clarinet Sonatas Opus 120 – Manasse/Nakamatsu (Harmonia Mundi)

As the 1880s drew to a close, Brahms destroyed a number of manuscripts and announced his decision to retire. Then he heard Richard Muehlfield play.

LPO / Krivine, Royal Festival Hall, London

It's the mark of a truly proactive music director that their presence is felt even when they are not conducting. Vladimir Jurowski's first season in charge of the London Philharmonic has seen shrewd programming and some real collector's items – like Alexander Zemlinsky's tone poem Die Seejungfrau ("The Mermaid"), enthusiastically exhumed here under Emmanuel Krivine.

Album: 17 Hippies - Heimlich (Hipster)

Neither strictly hippies nor 17 in number, Berlin's 17 Hippies have for 12 years been a mainstay of Germany's world-music scene, wowing audiences across Europe, and as far afield as Russia and Japan, with their energetic pan-ethnic performances. Currently numbering around a dozen players, their diverse backgrounds afford a truly international blend of influences, with lyrics delivered in German, French or English, and all manner of cultural hybrids occurring in the music.

Professor James Caldwell

Oboist and early music champion

Il Re Pastore, Linbury, ROH, London

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