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Annie Fischer: Icon

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

Annie Fischer (1914-1995) is one of the greatest pianists in the 20th century, but despite this she’s generally not what you’d call famous. I don’t understand why, because one just needs to have a short listen to her recordings to realize that her performances are as great as any of the more famous pianists. Some say Continue reading



Exciting new releases in March

Here are some interesting new albums that will be released in March.  Stay tuned to Top Ear because we may review some of these albums in due course.

Marc-André Hamelin’s in-progress cycle of Joseph Haydn’s piano sonatas has gone very well, offering exquisite musicality and fidelity to the score (and needless to say Hamelin’s amazing technique).  In this new spinoff album Continue reading

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Klemperer Legacy box sets keep coming!

Remember the previous news about the Klemperer Legacy series of box sets?  We have been informed that EMI will be releasing Klemperer’s complete recordings on the Klemperer Legacy series, which is a GOOD THING, and which means that his Mahler and Wagner and so on will certainly be reissued in due course.  Meanwhile EMI will release three new box sets under the Klemperer Legacy name in January.

The Klemperer Legacy: Concertos Continue reading


Ein Deutsches Requiem: A comprehensive review

Jeremy Lee writes

After a brief hiatus, here’s Top Ear’s second comprehensive, this time on 12 different recordings of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, purely a labour of love of Brahms’ music.

Just a few of the recordings reviewed here

The work, whose conception and progress was apparently spurred by the notion of Brahms’ mother’s eminent death as well as a work by Schumann of a similar title, remains to this day one of his finest achievements and testimony of his study in counterpoint, as well as one of the Continue reading

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Klemperer Legacy boxes to be released soon!

Remember the Klemperer Legacy series long time ago?  The attractions of that series were mainly the appealing repertoire and price, including releases of Klemperer’s own compositions, as well as cheaper reissues of recordings (such as Mahler’s 9th symphony) previously issued in the form of Great Recordings of the Century sets that were never cheaper than $200 (regardless of what Presto Classical claims the selling price to be).  During recent years, however, Continue reading