Music: 1971's Best LPs

DEBUSSY: IMAGES, PRÉLUDE À L'APRÈSMIDI D'UN FAUNE (DGG); TCHAIKOVSKY: SYMPHONY NO. 1—Winter Dreams (DGG). These sumptuous, adroit performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra show that Michael Tilson Thomas is no longer a superb young conductor—just a superb conductor.

PENDERECKI: THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN (Philips, 2 LPs). Torture and execution of an innocent 17th century French priest, chillingly depicted by the Hieronymus Bosch of contemporary composers.

MASSENET: MANON, 4 LPs; DONIZETTI: LUCIA Dl LAMMERMOOR, 3 LPs (both ABC). When operatic tastes are weighed, the soprano who tips the scales—and the trills and roulades...

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