The Leipzig Gewandhaus descend on London for all nine Beethoven symphonies, ENO goes French baroque with Castor and Pollux, and Glasgow gets minimal
Chailly's Beethoven Cycle
Riccardo Chailly and Lepizig's Gewandhaus Orchestra hit London for a five-concert series that will include all nine of Beethoven's symphonies. It is repertoire that will suit the Gewandhaus's characteristic central European sound perfectly; typically, Chailly is pairing the symphonies with contemporary works, by Steffen Schleiermacher, Carlo Boccadoro, Colin Matthews, Bruno Mantovani, and Friedrich Cerha that are receiving their first performances in the UK. Barbican, London EC2 (020-7638 8891), 25-26 October and 1-3 November.
Exquisite Labyrinth: the music of Pierre Boulez
Now 85, Boulez is the only surviving member of the group of avant-garde composers who set out to revolutionise music after the second world war. Curated by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, this weekend surveys his career, climaxing in a performance of his masterpiece Pli Selon Pli, conducted by the composer himself. Southbank Centre, London SE1 (0844 875 0073), 30 September to 2 October.
Castor and Pollux
ENO's new production of Castor and Pollux is the company's first venture into the French baroque, and the first opera by Rameau to be staged by a major British house for 14 years. Allan Clayton and Roderick Williams are the mythological twins. Coliseum, London WC2 (0871 911 0200), 24 October to 1 December.
Takács Quartet plays Bartók
After their unforgettable Beethoven cycle, the world's greatest string quartet return to the composer with whom they made their name, divided across two recitals. John Innes Centre, Norwich (01603 628319), 15-16 October; Southbank Centre, London SE1 (0844 875 0073), 18-19 October.
Minimal: Glass at 75 (Part 1)
These concerts mark the start of Glasgow's ambitious three-year project to celebrate minimalism. Composers from Andriessen and Eno to Riley and Stockhausen will be featured, but the first weekend concentrates on Philip Glass, with concerts by Bang on a Can, the Smith Quartet and the Red Note and Scottish Ensembles. Tramway and Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (0141-353 8000), 29-30 October.
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