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Unsure about a recording? Let the Classical Ear have a listen.

The Classical Ear app delivers a new, expert, original classical CD review to your iPhone every weekday. Click on the pop-up push message to open up a 150-word review within the app. Each review comes with cover art, a sound clip and links to purchase the music as a download or a physical CD. You get lots of professionally written reviews for a fraction of what the magazines charge, in a simple, smart-looking, concise, multimedia format…AND it's mobile. Because we're ad-free, our reviews are authoritative and independent, and they're written just for the app. Really, it's the only app of its kind.

Classical Ear helps you:
* make informed classical music purchases
* get value for money
* build a CD library
* learn about a wide range of music
* explore lesser-known - and better-known! - composers and performers

App features:
* An ever-growing archive of reviews
* Easy access to downloads and purchase
* A "Favourites" function
* Browsing by composer, performer, era, genre and keyword

Download and a 2-week trial period are free. You can subscribe monthly for £1.99 or annually for just £19.99. Any and all updates are included, along with the archive. More great features are in the works; subscribe now to avoid missing out as we grow Classical Ear!

Reviews are written by Andrew Achenbach (AA) and colleagues with similar passion and listening ability, across a range of expertise: from early music to opera and beyond, you'll find it with us.

Talk to us!

On the web: http://classicalear.co.uk
On Facebook: http://facebook.com/ClassicalEar
On Twitter: @ClassicalEar

Classical Ear subscription details (in-app purchase):

Monthly subscription: £1.99
Subscribers receive a new review each weekday over a 30-day period starting with the initiation of the subscription (5 per week, 25-28 per month), access to full archive.

Annual subscription: £19.99
Subscribers receive a new review each weekday over a 12-month period starting with the date of the initiation of the subscription (5 per week, 25-28 per month, ~260 per year)

- Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
- Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period

- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to Classical Ear

What's New

Version 2.1.3

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Classical Ear

Estebrugge 81

Classical Ear is a daily delight! Each weekday morning a fresh musical surprise pops up on one's iPhone or iPad, most attractively presented and accompanied by useful information about the recording, the performance etc.
The CD taster sets the scene with a tempting snippet of the musical content, but the highlight has to be the exciting, expertly written review from one of the team of musically gifted Reviewers.
Classical Ear is an exciting, innovative initiative which brings classical reviewing bang up to date for the 21st Century. Do try it - you will not be disappointed.


Lynn and Andrew

As a long time lover of Classical music, I'm always keen to discover new works which I didn't previously know. This app is going to be ideal.....although I think my major problem is going to be not buying everything that is recommended. Could prove expensive!

Classical Ear


This is an excellent and useful app. I am very impressed with the high quality of reviewing and the breadth of repertoire covered. If succinct reviews are the future (as suggested by a contributor to the app blog), this is surely the cutting edge of classical journalism. What a shame there are no weekend reviews as well!


Emily DeVoto
13.9 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013, Andrew Achenbach & Emily Devoto


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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