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Photo of Sean Rafferty with members of the Kronos Quartet. Photo: © Mark Allan/BBC

Sean with members of the Kronos Quartet. Photo: © Mark Allan/BBC

It's like watching a magic carpet unfurl - this week's In Tune is full of vibrant colour and awe-inspiring expertise.

 They appeared on Sesame Street; they played with pre-recorded spacescapes - last evening the hip and legendary Kronos Quartet made the ultimate journey by playing live for us, sharing the studio parquet with Juilliard Quartet. Bows drawn only for making exquisite sound. Alice Coote was there too -- she is I think, one of the natural heirs to the titans of the past, mezzos like Kathleen Ferrier and Dame Janet Baker. If you missed the show, you can listen again now via this link. We filmed the Kronos Quartet's performances, and the video will be available soon via the Radio 3 Facebook page

Keep an ear on the rest of the week, too: the violinist James Ehnes -- patrician perfectionist and Julian Lloyd-Webber with his cello share today.

Wednesday: Michael Collins -- one of the best clarinettists in the world celebrates his 50th birthday with us by playing; Sir Thomas Allen in his new role as Chancellor of Durham University by singing. We are the place of choice for a party.

Fitzwilliam Quartet, Soweto Kinch, Nicholas Daniel, Peter Jablonski -- they'll all be here this week. Lighten the load as dusk creeps in and join us.

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