Music: The Year's Best

CLASSICAL. Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (RCA, 3 LPs). The Houston Opera production, a hit on Broadway, is now the best Porgy on records. Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon, 8 LPs). Herbert von Karajan, the Berlin Philharmonic and Beethoven, at their best. Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (Philips). Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw Orchestra produce the finest modern version of this noble epic. Beethoven: "Waldstein" Sonata; "Eroica" Variations (RCA). At 28, Emanuel Ax comes of age as a master of the classical style. Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Angel, 4 LPs). Mussorgsky's original version on...

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