Music: The Year's Best IPs

CLASSICAL

RAVEL: GASPARD DE LA NUIT; SONATINE; VALSES NOBLES ET SENTIMENTALES

(Deutsche Grammophon). In the finest piano album to result from the Ravel centenary, Argentina's Martha Argerich, 34, displays a mind that is as dexterous as her fingers.

BEETHOVEN: THE NINE SYMPHONIES (London, 9 LPs). Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra may have been made for each other, but they were also made to play Beethoven.

SCHOENBERG: PIANO MUSIC (Noncsuch). In these small pianistic jewels, which fall so easily on the ears today, Schoenberg did some of his most revolutionary writing. New York's Paul Jacobs is a master of the 20th century style.

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