Music: The Year's Best LPs

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...

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