Classical: The Five Best Concerts

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Mahler's Ninth Tonight

Maestro Bernard Haitink conducts the London Philharmonic orchestra in a single titanic opus - Gustav Mahler's valedictory Symphony No 9.

Royal Festival Hall, London SE (07-960 4242) 7.30pm


Philharmonia Tue

Christoph Eschenbach teams up with the Philharmonia in Beethoven's Leonora III overture, Mozart's 27th and last Piano Concerto, and Brahms's st Symphony.

Royal Festival Hall, London SE (07-960 4242) 7.30pm



Vaughan Williams's fiery response to the Second World War - his Symphony No 6 - completes a line-up which also includes Bartok's Divertimento for Strings, and Mozart's 24th Piano Concerto.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham (02-22 3333) 7.30pm


Take Jazz Seriously Fri

It's the London Philharmonic conducted by Wayne Marshall that takes jazz seriously in a concert which includes Gershwin's An American in Paris, Shostakovich's st Jazz Suite and songs by Duke Ellington in his centenary year.

Royal Festival Hall, London SE (07-960 4242) 7.30pm


Christina Ortiz Tue

As part of the Harrods International Piano Series Ortiz presents an eclectic programme which moves from Scandinavia to Brazil with music by Stenhammer, Grieg, Vianna and Fernandez.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE (07-960 4242) 7.45pm