CLASSICAL: THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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Royal Philharmonic Tomorrow

Giuseppe Sinopoli can be an erratic maestro, but when he hits his stride he can be mesmerising. This all-Mahler concert features the Adagio from the 10th Symphony and Iris Vermillion and Keith Lewis as soloists in Das Lied von der Erde. Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 7.30pm

Mozart Piano Concertos Mon

Murray Perahia is an exciting, challenging soloist in Mozart, and here tackles (and directs) the Piano Concertos Nos 21 and 27 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, together with the Vesperae solennes de confessore. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 7.30pm

Tippett Celebration Tue

The Nash Ensemble in an exciting programme of chamber works by the late, great Sir Michael, including the Sonata for Four Horns and two Mereion Bowen-arranged suites from The Tempest and The Ice Break. Purcell Room, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 7.30pm

Borodin String Quartet Fri

A double-whammy of quartets by Shostakovich (13 and 14) and Prokofiev's lesser-known Second from one of the world's great outfits. Wigmore Hall, London W1 (0171-935 2141) 7.30pm

CBSO/Rattle Fri

Simon Rattle's Towards the Millennium series catches up with the Eighties, featuring Kurtag's harrowing Grabstein fur Stephan, Sofia Gubaydulina's violin concerto Offertorium, and Harrison Birtwistle's Earth Dances. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 7.30pm

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