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Culture

Songs that were built to last

David Hepworth, founder of several music magazines including the Word, on the tunes he has loved this year. You will need Spotify installed on your device to listen to this playlist

Compositions for masochistic pianists

Satanic climaxes, perilous fireworks, duelling fencers: there's nothing quite so seductive to piano students as a nearly unplayable piece of music. We find some models. You will need Spotify installed on your device to listen to this playlist

Best of Island Records

Fifty years ago, Chris Blackwell started a record company that had rhythm and style. We pick eight of its best tracks. You will need Spotify installed on your device to listen to this playlist

Celebrating Motown at 50

The record company that defined black music in the 1960s and 1970s is celebrating its golden jubilee. Here are eight classics. You will need Spotify installed on your device to listen to this playlist

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