CLASSICAL: THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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Andre Previn Wed

Previn's British reputation was first made by conducting English music. Here he directs his old band the LSO in Britten's Spring symphony and Vaughan William's Fifth as part of his 70th Birthday celebrations.

Barbican Hall, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) 7.30pm

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Tomorrow

Another Previn 70th Birthday celebration as Andre takes to the piano to accompany Dame Kiri, here giving a rare British revival.

Barbican Hall, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) 7.30pm

RAM Chamber Orchestra Thur

The excellent soprano Felicity Lott performs two items by Mozart in between Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto and Haydn's Surprise Symphony.

St John's, Smith Square, London SW1 (0171-222 1061) 7.30pm

Tokyo String Quartet Wed

The top-notch Japanese foursome visits the Wigmore with an enticing line-up comprising Hayden's Op.64 no.6, the Five Movements by Webern and Tchaikovsky's Third Quartet in E flat minor.

Wigmore Hall, London W1 (0171-935 2141) 7.30pm

Parsifal Today

Director Nikolaus Lehnoff's agnostic view of Wagner's last opera isn't perhaps the most thrilling to look at, but this is a fine cast, spearheaded by Kim Begley in the title role, plus the ENO orchestra plays superbly under Mark Elder.

Coliseum, London WC2 (0171-632 8300) 4pm

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