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A Christmas Playlist

Christmas has been the source of inspiration for many composers, and so we suggest:  instead of looping the same old Christmas carols over and over again (Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High, etc, etc), why not impress your friends and family by playing Continue reading

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Top Ear’s First Anniversary!

Jeremy writes a passionate testament on this day of Top Ear’s first anniversary:

A year ago today, two young music-lovers, Jeremy Lee and Leonard Ip, decided their endless music-related discussions on Facebook just wouldn’t come to much fruition, and decided to create a blog as a platform to express their musical views.

And today, as our humble little blog approaches its first year, we have seen Continue reading


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Recompositions Get on the Nerves of Jeremy

Introduction by Leonard Ip

The DG “Recomposed Series” madness doesn’t seem to be ceasing. At any rate, some of these cheap, censurable commercial attempts have seriously irritated our Jeremy, who then thought it is best to write on why and how these “recompositions” are, perhaps, one of the worst things to have happened in the recent classical music scene – make sure you sample them before you decide to buy these CDs!

Jeremy Lee writes

I am not the sort of person who likes being offensive.  When faced with negative feelings of any sort, I will vent them out sensibly without resorting to insults.  And as you’ve probably noticed from my reviews, Continue reading


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The budget series phenomenon: The good, the bad, the ugly–An introduction

Jeremy Lee writes

Rapidly improving technology nowadays and the vast back catalog of recording labels mean that a few budget spin-off series of major labels have emerged, and the attractive price and normally starry names have attracted the attention of novices and experienced collectors alike.  For novices, Continue reading