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Daniel Barenboim/Beethoven Cycle, Royal Festival Hall, London

It was, as expected, a very public audience with Daniel Barenboim. For those seated on the platform, the ovations were received on an almost one-to-one basis as Barenboim walked among us, reached out to us, like a biblical superstar. Well, this much-anticipated Beethoven sonata cycle was billed as "The Concept of Artist as Leader" – and that he most certainly is.

LSO/Gardiner, Barbican, London

Sir John Eliot Gardiner did not quite begin at the beginning. His Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra kicked off with the Second Symphony, and both here and in the devilishly innovative Eighth it was interesting to experience a conductor, who has spent the greater part of his career championing period instruments, revelling in the sheer power and depth of sonority that a contemporary orchestra such as the LSO routinely harnesses. The very first chord of the evening was little short of alarming.

LPO/Van Zweden, Royal Festival Hall, London

Jaap van Zweden cuts a bullish figure on the rostrum. If music were driven by energy alone, the young Dutchman, one-time concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, would be home and dry every time. But he took on Mahler's problematic Fifth Symphony for this much-anticipated outing with the London Philharmonic, and it felt very much like a work-in-progress.

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