Classical; THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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LSO Wed

Ex-music director of the LSO, Michael Tilson Thomas, returns for a series that examines operatic, balletic and incidental music by Stravinsky. The opening concert contrasts, with the composer's lavish Firebird alongside The Soldier's Tale.

Barbican Hall, London E2 (0171-638 8891), 7.30pm

Venice Baroque Orchestra Tue

Early music from the Venetian ensemble, playing instrumental works by Vivaldi, Marcello and others. But the real interest is the supposedly "non-falsetto" voice of soprano Angelo Manzotti.

Hackney Empire, London E8 (0181-985 2424) 7.30pm

Imogen Cooper/Anne Queffelec Sun

Two fine pianists join forces to play some rarely aired Mozart - not only the Sonata for Two Pianos K448, but also the four-hand Sonata K497. Sophie Daneman also sings Mozart songs.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 7.45pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Thur

Two works from the end of the last century - Strauss's Nietzsche- inspired tone poem, Also Sprach Zarathustra, and Mahler's 4th Symphony.

Colston Hall, Bristol (0117-922 3683) 7.30pm

London Winds Sun

An attractive line-up from this premiere outfit as part of the Bath Mozart fest. Mozart aptly features via the Kegelstatt Trio with Michael Collins on clarinet, and the buoyant Serenade for Winds K388. But there's a welcome outing for Beethoven's early piano and wind quintet.

Assembly Rooms, Bath (01225 463362) 7.30pm

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