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LPO / Krivine, Royal Festival Hall, London

It's the mark of a truly proactive music director that their presence is felt even when they are not conducting. Vladimir Jurowski's first season in charge of the London Philharmonic has seen shrewd programming and some real collector's items – like Alexander Zemlinsky's tone poem Die Seejungfrau ("The Mermaid"), enthusiastically exhumed here under Emmanuel Krivine.

Barenboim returns with warning on music lessons

When Daniel Barenboim returns to the Royal Festival Hall in the new year, where he made his London debut at the age of 13, he is planning to launch an impassioned plea to educate young people about music.

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Let's all gather round the tabla

A variety show on India Republic Day is just one part of a pan-Asian peace project

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Classical: The Eighties in all seriousness

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Arts: Classical: Heavenly Mahler: PHILHARMONIA/BOULEZ ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LONDON

RARE INDEED are those occasions when a concert enshrines a performance that is so special that you savour the privilege of witnessing it. Such was the effect on Tuesday night when the American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, the Philharmonia and Pierre Boulez held the audience on the edge of a shared breath for the last of Mahler's five Ruckert lieder.

Letter: South Bank jewel

Sir: Complete demolition on the South Bank seems extreme; at least our wonderful Royal Festival Hall stays ("South Bank buildings to be razed and rebuilt", 9 December).

Comedy: No chuddies please, we're British

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