THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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Cecilia Bartoli tonight

The Concentus Musicus Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt is reason enough to see this Proms concert, but the real focus will be mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli singing arias by Haydn and Mozart, alongside Haydn's Symphonies Nos 86 and 87.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 8pm

Millennial music tomorrow

As its title suggests, 1,000 Years of Music in a Day aims to reach across 10 centuries of Western music, with top players including the BBC SO, the LPO, Hilliard Ensemble and New London Consort.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Rachmaninov and Elgar tomorrow

The young pianist Freddie Kempf takes on Rach 2 with the BBC Scottish SO. Martyn Brabbins also serves up Anthony Payne's completion of Elgar's Third Symphony.

Town Hall, Cheltenham (01242 227979) 7.30pm

Les Boreades Mon

Donning his period-instrument mantle, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a semi-staged performance of Rameau's last opera.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) 7pm

French Connections Thur

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme which points up the continuity between three generations of French composers: Ravel (Sheherazade), Messiaen (Eclairs sur l'au-dela...) and Boulez (Notations I-IV).

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

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