Music: Best of 1981: Music

CLASSICAL. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Archiv). Harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock captures all the stately grandeur and dashing spirits of Bach's masterpiece. Beethoven:

The Nine Symphonies (EMI, 8 LPs). The 1981 winner of the Beethoven sweepstakes, with London's Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Kurt Sanderling.

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (Classics for Pleasure). The noble E-flat symphony gets a refined reading from Vernon Handley and the London Philharmonic.

Janáček: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba (London). The Sinfonietta is exhilaratingly played by Sir Charles Mackerras and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 LPs). Herbert von Karajan and...

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