Bach Goldberg Variations (CBS Masterworks). Eloquent, insightful playing from the late pianist Glenn Gould.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (Philips, 2 LPs). Bernard Haitink leads Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra in a serene, glowing performance.
Elliott Carter: The Early Music (CRI). The cerebral composer has his roots in the folksy American idiom of Ives and Copland, as this disc surprisingly shows. Elgar: Violin Concerto (Deutsche Grammophon). Itzhak Perlman triumphs in Elgar's most restrained major work.
Handel: Water Music (Erato). This buoyant, vital performance on original instruments by John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque...