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Harry Christophers has put together a programme of Purcell and James Macmillan for the 30th anniversary Choral Pilgrimage around Britain of his justly celebrated chamber choir The Sixteen. And although the dryish Queen Elizabeth Hall is hardly flattering to choral textures, such was the focus and intensity of their approach that the music suffered surprisingly little. Whether the programme worked as a whole was another matter.

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Blacher/LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

This was thrill-ing: a daring, yet meaningful juxtaposition of four highly contrasted 20th-century showpieces, vividly directed by one of the most inspirational young conductors, and delivered by a London Philharmonic Orchestra at the top of its form to an audience that hung on its every note.

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After the Russian Revolution in 1917 cut him off from homeland and income, Igor Stravinsky went on the road as conductor and pianist to support his family. But from this came a partnership with the violinist Samuel Dushkin for whom Stravinsky composed his Duo Concertante (1932) and made a programme of violin and piano transcriptions from his stage and orchestral scores.

LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

Tchaikovsky the melodist has consistently upstaged Tchaikovsky the craftsman; immensely popular he may be, but immensely misunderstood and underrated, too.

Prom 68: LPO / Jurowski, Royal Albert Hall, London

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Prom 57: New York Philharmonic/Maazel, Royal Albert Hall, London

The Rite of Spring came later, but the New York Philharmonic bowed in with something beginning a little like the rite of summer. Steven Stucky's Rhapsodies for Orchestra began with an "awakening" not unlike the Stravinsky. Rhapsodising woodwind (solo flute, not bassoon, leading this time) proliferated; brass and strings followed suit. The principle was essentially that of a dawn chorus, growing in energy and intensity and ecstasy, as if the song of one player were inspiring the next and then the next until the whole community really did have something to sing about.

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The Rake's Progress, Royal Opera House, London

When the curtain rises on The Rake's Progress at Covent Garden today, there will be no whiff of 18th-century London low-life as seen in the Hogarth engravings on which this musical morality-tale is based. This Rake traverses the American Midwest in the Fifties, with oil-derricks pumping in the background, and he progresses towards his madhouse finale via raunchy scenes in a LA cabaret, and high jinks round a swimming pool.

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