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The Danish String Quartet (from left, Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Asbjorn Norgaard, Fredrik Schoyen Sjolin and Frederik Oland) will play two works by Beethoven at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday; see listing below.

Lauren Lancaster for The New York Times

Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

JOSHUA BELL, STEVEN ISSERLIS AND ANA-MARIA VERA at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (Aug. 9, 10 p.m.). Mr. Bell and Mr. Isserlis appear on evening programs this week at Mostly Mozart, playing Brahms’s Double Concerto, but this more intimate concert is more attractive, featuring Schumann’s Three Romances, for cello and piano, and Mendelssohn’s dramatic Piano Trio No. 1.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/mostly-mozart

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Tanglewood (Aug. 6, 2:30 p.m.). Yo-Yo Ma may seem omnipresent at times, but he’s still that rare artist worth hearing at any opportunity. Schumann’s Cello Concerto is on the agenda for this matinee, along with Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Christoph von Dohnanyi was scheduled to conduct, but he remains unable to travel after a fall this year; his more than adequate replacement at this performance in Lenox, Mass., is David Zinman.
888-266-1200, bso.org

LAWRENCE BROWNLEE at the Park Avenue Armory (Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.). Here’s a recital with a difference from Mr. Brownlee, a noted tenor of the bel canto repertoire, that was conceived to show off two of the Armory’s spaces. One half, consisting of lieder, takes place in the Board of Officers Room; the other, of jazz and spirituals, in the Veterans Room. The program is repeated next Friday at 8 p.m.
212-933-5812, armoryonpark.org

DANISH STRING QUARTET at Alice Tully Hall (Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.). There is probably no string quartet that I would rather hear play Beethoven at the moment than this foursome of three young Danes and their Norwegian cellist, who demonstrate unrivaled intensity, freedom in their playing and remarkable feel for the composer. For this Thursday night engagement, they will play two works: an early Opus 18 quartet and the first of the “Razumovsky” set. At 10 p.m., the quartet relaxes with Nordic folk music in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/mostly-mozart

MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA at David Geffen Hall (Aug. 4-5, 7:30 p.m.). It’s Basically Beethoven at this Mostly Mozart program, with Louis Langrée conducting the “Egmont” overture and the Symphony No. 7. But most notable is a major debut from the pianist Beatrice Rana, a young star who is certain to become a brighter presence in New York. She plays Beethoven’s puckish Piano Concerto No. 1.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/mostly-mozart

QUATUOR BOZZINI at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (Aug. 4, 8 p.m.). One of the most alluring products of the Wandelweiser school of composition — famous for its use of silence — is this quartet’s recording of Jürg Frey’s String Quartet No. 3 and “Unhörbare Zeit,” a work for quartet and percussion duo. Here’s a chance to hear both works, as part of the Time Spans festival.
800-838-3006, dimennacenter.org

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