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TO THOROUGHLY misquote Mark Twain, rumours of the death of classical music have been grossly exaggerated. But anyone who'd listened to BBC Radio 3's Music Matters discussion on Sunday on the fate of classical music - or, more precisely, classical-music criticism - would have been forgiven their surprise in discovering a huge crowd at the Barbican for the evening's concert. And many of them were young.

<preform>Schumann & Brahms festival, RNCM, Manchester </preform>

A rare outing for the piano that had once belonged to Clara Schumann was one of the star attractions of an engaging four-day celebration of the husband-and-wife-and-Brahms trio of composers at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester.

Prom 43: Philharmonia Orchestra / Dohnanyi / Brendel, Royal Albert, London

This concert began with the Philharmonia Orchestra, in its single Prom this season, on good form in Brahms's Third Symphony.

Philharmonia / Mackerras, Royal Festival Hall, London

When the Philharmonia landed Sir Charles Mackerras as their principal guest, they made a better catch than most British orchestras have for their chief conductors. His vigour, clarity and sweep, underpinned by enthusiastic and profound knowledge, are legendary, and they have got better with age.

Philadelphia Orchestra / Eschenbach, Barbican, London

Shock and awehave infiltrated US musical life, if a pair of concerts given by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Barbican under their newish music director, Christoph Eschenbach, is anything to go by.

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