Music: YEAR'S BEST

CLASSICAL. Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (Philips, 3 LPs). Colin Davis & Co. reveal a glittering opera seria beneath the tarnish of neglect.

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 (RCA). Not everyone's Rachmaninoff, but electrifying Horowitz.

Verdi: La Traviata (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 LPs). Conductor Carlos Kleiber gives a fresh, strikingly opinionated reading of an opera that is usually ill-served.

Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (London, 5 LPs). Perlman and Ashkenazy in splendid musical partnership.

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 LPs). Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic make Mahler even more...

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