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Top Ear First Anniversary Special: The Surprise Reviews (Part II): Criminal Mastermind, Brain Surgeon, Avant-garde warrior Pierre Boulez offers dainty delights

Leonard Ip writes

Among Pierre Boulez’s voluminous DG recordings of 20th century works, this Berg and Stravinsky album stands out to the connoisseur as a neglected gem. In collaboration with the ever so versatile Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman (who plays the violin here), clarinetist Michel Arrignon and his own Continue reading

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Top Ear First Anniversary Special: The Surprise Reviews (Part I)

Jeremy Lee writes

It’s quite embarrassing for me to admit this, but I’ve never been familiar at all with Bach’s 48 preludes and fugues that is the Well-Tempered Clavier–I don’t even own a recording (though I do understand my grave need for one).  But of course, Leonard being Leonard, I’ve been shown little mercy, being told to Continue reading