Irina Arkhipova (1925-2010)

Celebrated Bolshoi theatre contralto dies aged 85

Broadcast highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 15 to 21 February 2010

Something for the weekend!

The quotes, clips and links we like…

Hypnotic Fauré from the Schubert Ensemble

Listen to a clip from the First Piano Quintet here

Bristol gap

Why doesn't the largest city in the South West have a professional symphony orchestra, asks Rebecca Franks

Allan Wicks (1923-2010)

English organist who championed Messiaen and Maxwell Davies dies, aged 86

Brief Encounter

Visit the station that provided the backdrop for David Lean's ever-popular romantic film, which was accompanied by Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto

Dazzling Handel from La Risonanza

Listen to a clip from their five-star recording here

Martino Tirimo

Performing all of Chopin's works is no small undertaking, says the distinguished Cypriot pianist Martino Tirimo, as he embarks on a celebratory series at Kings Place, London

Sir John Dankworth (1927-2010)

Legendary British jazz performer, composer and bandleader dies, aged 82

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