Music: Best of '87: Music


JOHN ADAMS: THE CHAIRMAN DANCES AND OTHER WORKS (Elektra/Nonesuch). Glenn Miller, minimalism and Mao: a lively orchestral gloss on the opera Nixon in China.

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 9 (EMI). Lean and mean on original instruments, the mighty Ninth, brilliantly conducted by Roger Norrington.

GLASS: AKHNATEN (CBS/Masterworks). In the land of the Pharaohs, a radiant perspective on the religious revolutionary.

THE IMMORTAL FRITZ KREISLER (RCA). The fabled Viennese-born violinist in showpieces, bonbons and a quicksilver Beethoven sonata.

CARL NIELSEN: SYMPHONY NO. 1; LITTLE SUITE, OP. 1 (CBS/Masterworks). The neglected First Symphony, sizzling in the hands of the young Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka...

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