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To classical music lovers of a certain age, the words “BBC Northern Orchestra, conducted by John Hopkins”, spoken by the veteran BBC North Region announcer Tom Naisby, remain a vivid memory of 1950s wireless listening.

LSO/Noseda, Barbican, London

This was Gianandrea Noseda's debut with the LSO. Let's just say that his presence was felt. So much so that it was his and not his soloist Janine Jansen's personality that was initially stamped on Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Brodsky Quartet, Cadogan Hall, London

The Brodsky Quartet has been around for some time, 30 years according to the programme book. But what one is not told is how many changes of personnel there have been while the group still performs under the same name. Certainly, something felt not right about the quartet's playing at this concert, as if the first violinist, Daniel Rowland, who joined the quartet in July 2007, was in another world from his colleagues.

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Like so many of Vladimir Jurowski's intriguing programme ideas, the pairing of Ravel's Piano Concert for the Left Hand and Shostakovich's 7th Symphony "Leningrad" amounted to much more than the musical equivalent of speed-dating. Both works were, in different ways, the products of war and heroism: the concerto inspired by the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who rebuilt a concert career despite losing an arm in the First World War; and the symphony an ode to the people of Leningrad, whose endurance in the face of Nazi oppression had been well-practised under Stalin.

LSP / Temirkanov / Shoji, Barbican, London

Prokofiev, the purveyor of dreams, and Shostakovich, the grim realist, rubbed shoulders for this LSO concert under the suave Yuri Temirkanov. Attending to the dreams was the Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji, whose performance of Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto established that her fragile appearance was no indicator of her sound.

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You write the reviews: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Leeds Town Hall

It was a nice touch to pair works by Britten and Prokofiev for this concert's first half. These are the composers whose A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Peter and the Wolf have introduced so many young people to the orchestra's workings. The Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) and the Romeo and Juliet Suite, the works performed this evening, have served as ideal vehicles for the musicians of the NYO to explore this subject at a more advanced level, as the guest conductor, James MacMillan, noted in his introduction.

Bruce Anderson: Leader's speeches are important, but they only lay the foundations for future policies

Considered purely as rhetoric, it was not as fine a speech as Tony Blair's. In the hall there were fewer tears. When Mr Blair started off, he was facing a partially hostile audience. By the time he had finished, the hostility was gone - for about 15 minutes.

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LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

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