CLASSICAL: THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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Gidon Kremer tonight

The eclectic violinist leads his Kremerata Baltica in a performance of Astor Piazzolla's tango Four Seasons interspersed with Vivaldi's famous Seasons, with some Baltic minimalism thrown in.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 7.30pm

Andreas Staier tomorrow

One of the most thoughtful and convincing piano forte players on the circuit gives an all-Mozart recital featuring two sonatas (K282 and K457), the Fantasy & Fugue (K394) and Variations (K455).

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (0171-960 4242) 4pm

MacMillan premiere tomorrow

Quickening, James MacMillan's new 40-minute BBC commission for orchestra and massed chorus, is premiered under Sir Andrew Davis, prior to a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No 7.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 7.30pm

Mahler's Second Tue

Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic tackle Mahler's mighty "Resurrection" Symphony, with soloists Juliane Banse and Birgit Remmert and the CBSO Chorus.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 7.30pm

Evgeny Kissin Thur

All eyes will be on the fiery pianist in Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1, with the Bavarian State Orchestra under Zubin Mehta ascending the monumental slopes of Bruckner's Symphony No 8.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 7.30pm

NEW RELEASES

Various: Vadim Repin au Louvre Vadim Repin and Friends (Erato)

As this live set shows, there's more to Repin than mere mechanics. Take his breathtaking reading with Anton Barachovsky of the Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins, or the spontaneity of the Debussy Sonata (with pianist Boris Berezovsky). Despite a less successful Schubert Grand Duo, this is a fine record by a group of young players with important things to say. HHH

Various: O Ravishing Delight Alfred Deller (harmonia mundi)

This well-filled collection comes as a timely reminder, amid the public's new love affair with counter tenors, that the current revival could not have been possible without Alfred Deller, who died 20 years ago. There was an otherworldly beauty to his voice that has not been matched by any since. A superb introduction to this repertoire and at a bargain price. HHHH

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