Classical: THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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The Legacy of Mahler 20 Sept

A chance for fans of the composer to hear some of the world's leading authorities talk on the man, his life and work. See preview page 3

Symposium - Royal College of Music, London SW7 (07-589 822) 9.5am

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LSO 23, 24 Sept

The London Symphony Orchestra begins an exciting new season with an attractive pairing for Mozart's final Piano Concerto, the 27th, and Bruckner's rugged and towering 6th Symphony. Barbican Hall, London EC2 (07-638 889) 7.30pm

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LPO 20 Sept

Valery Gergiev conducts Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with brilliant young soloist Sarah Chang. Also a pre-concert interview with Lady Solti. Royal Festival Hall, London (07-960 4242) 7pm

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Philharmonia 22 Sept

No gimmicks, just great music superbly played - Brahms's Piano Concerto No , with Andras Schiff as soloist, and Beethoven's Symphony No 2. Kurt Sanderling conducts. Royal Festival Hall, London (07-960 4242) 7.30pm

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Gershwin Centenary 25 Sept

On what would have been his 00th birthday, Gershwin is celebrated in fine style by the Royal Philharmonic conducted by Anthony Inglis. A very full line-up of some of Gershwin's best-loved works inevitably includes the "I Got Rhythm Variations", "An American in Paris" and "Rhapsody in Blue". Royal Festival Hall, London (0446 794848) 7.30pm

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