Music: Music: Best Of 1980

CLASSICAL. Beethoven: Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" (Deutsche Grammophon). Maurizio Pollini's rendering is a model of vigor, precision and elegance.

Berg and Stravinsky: Violin Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon). Itzhak Perlman enhances two demanding works.

Brahms: Double Concerto (Angel). Perlman and Mstislav Rostropovich in a noble and ardent performance.

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (Angel, 3 LPs). Herbert von Karajan creates a lucid, lyrical recording. Frederica von Stade, as Mélisande, stands out for her exquisite French style.

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Deutsche Grammophon, 3 LPs). Karajan, again, casting singers freshly and coming up with a reading that is both...

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