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LSO Centenary Gala Concert, Barbican, London

We're a nation that is slow to celebrate success, but that the London Symphony Orchestra has arrived at its 100th birthday in such astonishingly fine artistic fettle is not just a miracle, it's an absolute triumph. Under the guise of the Lord Mayor's Appeal 2004, "Music for Everyone", and in the presence of the Queen, Prince Philip and half the good burghers of the city, the LSO presented the mother of all galas. It was, of course, a beauty parade of conductors and soloists, but the real star of the evening was the orchestra.

Orchestra by Richard Morrison

High notes and discords

LSO/Krivine, Barbican Hall, London

Jumping and driving energy

LSO/Lorin Maazel, Barbican Hall, London

Strangely heartless

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