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In Memoriam: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)


Top Ear is saddened to note the death of esteemed conductor and composer Pierre Boulez on January 5, 2016 at the grand old age of 90.  As the numerous obituaries from various news agencies and orchestras have already mentioned, Continue reading


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Obituary: Lorin Maazel (1930-2014)

Veteran conductor and former child prodigy Lorin Maazel has died aged 84 from complications of pneumonia.

Maazel was born in France to Jewish American parents and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He made his conducting debut at age 8 and conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra at age 11.  He has served in the capacity of Continue reading

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Top Ear’s Very Own Debussy Tribute!

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the French composer Claude Debussy, a giant of French impressionism and a revolutionary figure of 20th century music.  His famous Clair de Lune of Suite Bergamasque has long been a favorite of amateur pianists, and the Etudes and two books of Preludes staples of the concert repertoire.

To commemorate this very special day, we at Top Ear have decided to release the first of Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925-2012)

Leonard Ip writes

“OH MY LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FISCHER-DIESKAU HAS JUST DIED TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

It was in the evening of 18th May, 2012, and this was exactly what appeared on my Facebook chat.

Half of my body turned cold. Immediately I went for a check on the internet: there were Continue reading