Top Ear


Leave a comment

Grosvenor’s Dances

Leonard Ip writes (translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Lee)

The British piano wunderkind Benjamin Grosvenor, now only 22, came to Hong Kong in February to play the Britten Piano Concerto with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Music lovers who have missed the concert (including me) need not despair—go to the shops and buy this disc, it’s Continue reading


1 Comment

Avdeeva in Hong Kong: Concert Review

https://i1.wp.com/performingarts.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/yulianna-avdeeva-high-res-1-credit-harald-hoffman.jpg

Leonard Ip writes

With Avdeeva being the first female after Martha Argerich to have won the first prize of the Chopin Competition, and videos of her performances showing a thoughtful artist with a technique to burn (what a Wagner-Liszt Tannhauser Overture!), expectations were high on this recital. It wasn’t, however, Continue reading


Leave a comment

Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital

Leonard Ip writes  [translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Lee]

Trifonov won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, and two years later, on 5th February, 2013, exactly a month before his 22nd birthday, he reached another milestone in his career:  his Carnegie Hall debut.  Trifonov’s artistic achievement is Continue reading


1 Comment

A Reconsideration of Chopin’s Nocturnes

Leonard Ip writes

Chopin’s nocturnes are “hits” in classical music. I recall having once soothed myself with the ubiquitous Op. 9 No. 2 in my early days of discovery. Invariably, it was at night when I thought to myself this music creates seemingly everlasting serenity. I even imagined playing it before going to bed – the solitary scene darkening gently as I fall asleep.

Later, of course, I encountered a number of pieces that led me to different levels of spiritual calmness. In my hitherto industrious journeying in music, much as I have read about the unique Continue reading