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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

Preview Classical: l'enfance du Christ

Hector Berlioz, one of the most under-rated of the great composers, is loved by millions for his early Symphonie fantastique, yet the rest of his output is largely ignored. In truth, Berlioz's works often betray his origins as a "self-made" composer, but it is his refusal to act within formal constraints that make him such a genius. And if there is one conductor who has been responsible for altering our view of Berlioz from a "one- hit wonder" to a composer of rare originality, it is surely Sir Colin Davis, who has championed him for more than 30 years. Now, with the the London Symphony Orchestra, he has embarked on the year-long Berlioz Odyssey, an exploration of the composer's large-scale works. Last week we had the first opera, Benvenuto Cellini; this week we have the seasonal L'enfance du Christ, with a superb line-up of soloists, headed by Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside and Robert Lloyd. With more to come next year, this is a real cause for celebration.

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