Classical: The Five Best Concerts

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Royal Concertgebouw Thur

The world-class Dutch orchestra arrives at the South Bank conducted by award-winning powerhouse Riccardo Chailly. Joshua Bell is the soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, followed by Mahler's Symphony No 5.

RFH, London SE (07-960 4242) 7.30pm


Royal Philharmonic Mon

Swiss-born maestro Robert Bachmann conducts the Royal Philharmonic also in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Bruckner's Symphony No 7, together with his own Rotation 90N, inspired by a visit he made to the North Pole.

Barbican Hall, London EC2 (07-638 889) 7.30pm


LSO/Adams tomorrow

As part of the "American Pioneers" series, John Adams conducts scenes and choruses from his opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, plus the UK premiere of a new piano concerto by him, subtitled Century Rolls.

Barbican Hall, London EC2 (07-638 889) 7.30pm


Oslo Philharmonic Tue

The Norwegian orchestra is under the baton of Alexander Lazarev, with Henning Kraggerud the soloist in Bruch's Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony completing the bill.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham (02-22 3333) 8pm


Chilingirian Quartet Tue

Haydn and Tchaikovsky quartets from the distinguished foursome, augmented by guest horn player David Pyatt in Mozart's Quintet for horn and strings, K.407.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE (07-960 4242) 7.30pm