Classical: The five best concerts

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Boris Godunov Tue & Fri

Exciting new production of Mussorgsky's epic in its 869 first version from ENO, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Paul Daniel. Bass-baritone John Tomlinson puts in a mesmeric showing in the title role .

Coliseum, London WC2 (07-632 8300) 7.30pm

2

Arvo Part and Erkki-Sven Tuur Thur

Two of Eastern Europe's cult composers have works played in a Contemporary Music Network event. Part's Litany and Tuur's Requiem come from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.

QEH, London WC (07-638 889) 7.45pm

3

Marco Polo Tue

Tan Dun conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the London premiere of his opera. Combining both Western harmonies and Eastern timbres, the piece has a libretto by Paul Griffiths, drawing on medieval sources.

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

4

Fiori Musicali Today and tomorrow

Haydn's oratorio The Creation was first performed 200 years ago. The period-instrument orchestra Fiori Musicali gives an anniversary rendition using a "new" text written by Anne Hunter, the wife of Haydn's surgeon.

Stationer's Hall, London E2 (0327 36380) 7pm

5

London Winds Wed

Celebrating a 0th anniversary this year, London Winds are one of the leaders in their field, as should be shown in this pairing of Strauss's Joyful Workshop Sonatina and Mozart's Grand Serenade for 3 wind instruments.

Anvil, Basingstoke (0256 844244) 7.45pm

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