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Smart Moves: Listen to the music makers

Persuading 100 talented, opinionated musicians to play exactly the way a conductor wishes takes sophisticated leadership skills, as managers are discovering. By Philip Schofield

Classical: Hugs all round

PUSHKIN MEMORIAL CONCERT/ROSTROPOVICH BARBICAN LONDON

MUSIC: Me and Previn, we go back years

Andre Previn 70th birthday series

Classical Review: Mr Preview celebrates in style

LSO/ANDRE PREVIN BARBICAN LONDON

Classical: Back to Hungarian roots for an earthy Bartok

LSO/SARAH CHANG BARBICAN, LONDON

Classical: Loud as a fairground but more fun

Ives, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev / SFSO Barbican, London

Classical: A shimmering celestial vision for cello

Classical ROSTROPOVICH/LSO BARBICAN, LONDON

The 50 Best: How and where to party like it's 1999

Okay, we know you've barely digested the turkey - but the New Year is just around the corner, and chances are you haven't decided what to do yet. So to make sure you have a good time on the night (and the following day, if you're feeling up to it), here's The Information's definitive guide to the best places to be over New Year - whether you fancy a night out at the biggest club party in town, swigging champagne at a swish restaurant, or celebrating with Edinburgh's Hogmanay crowds. Enjoy ...

Classical: Nothing more than this? Depends what you mean

CANDIDE BARBICAN LONDON

'Prague: a Rumpelstiltskin shadow play'

PASSPORT: THOMAS ALLEN

Classical: I have heard the future

LSO/COLIN DAVIS

Classical: As pioneering as you can get

ELLIOTT CARTER

Stradivari for sale: a snip at pounds 700,000

ANYBODY who is anybody in the international violin community is coming to Britain this week, when London's four biggest auction houses are offering 1,500 rare instruments for sale.

Of tsars and tyrants

SHOSTAKOVICH / ROSTROPOVICH BARBICAN, LONDON

Classical: The sound of fury

SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1/ SYMPHONY NO. 10 ROSTROPOVICH/ VENGEROV/LSO BARBICAN, LONDON
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