BERLIOZ: BENVENUTO CELLINI (Philips, 4 LPs). Berlioz's first opera is deeply poetic, grandly exuberant and stunningly performed under Conductor Colin Davis.
SCHOENBERG, BERG, WEBERN: COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS (DG, 5 LPs). A landmark of recorded chamber music by the La Salle Quartet.
MAHLER: SYMPHONY NO. 8 (London, 2 LPs). Conductor Georg Solti triumphs in a work that, in emotional scope and array of forces, is a most difficult challenge to recording.
HAYDN: SYMPHONIES NOs. 49 TO 56 (London Stereo Treasury, 4 LPs). A choice sampling of the rich little-known "middle-period" symphonies, stylishly conducted by Antal Dorati.
ROSSINI: LA CENERENTOLA (DG, 3 LPs). From Conductor Claudio Abbado...