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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Afternoon Performance Definitely worth blagging an afternoon off to recharge the batteries in the company of favourite Russian maestro Alexander Titov, who tells Stravinsky’s colourful tale of the puppet - Petrushka - who has a soul and wants to become human. City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 25 Jan.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Bruckner 3 First of two completely different sorts of programmes from the RSNO. Surely the height of romance, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was presented to Cosima, his wife, after the birth of their son, Siegfried, on her Christmas morning birthday, with an orchestra awakening her from the foot of the stairs of their Swiss villa. Aah. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 26 Jan; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 27 Jan.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Naked Classics The irrepressible Paul Rissmann is the sure-footed guide for anyone who wants to know a bit more of the inside story to Beethoven and his Symphony No 3. Multimedia presentations and, of course, live performance, help reveal some of the secrets behind its magnificent sounds. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 1 Feb.

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