Music: Classical Records

Among the best of recent releases:

Schubert-Mahler Lieder (Jessye Norman, soprano, accompanied by Irwin Gage, piano, Philips; $6.98). In her first solo recording released in the U.S., Jessye Norman, 26, leaves no doubt that she is worth listening to. Soaring from plummy contralto to luminous soprano, her range is flexible if not yet altogether secure. Her sound is heavy for the intimacy of lieder; yet underlying Jessye Norman's dark, lustrous voice, one detects a true lirica spinto that some day perhaps could rival Leontyne Price's.

Barenboim Conducts Elgar's Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat, Opus 63 (London Phil harmonic Orchestra, Columbia; $5.98). Wildly famous...

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