I can't say goodbye: classic rock is popular again, but it doesn't make me happy
In the UK, the reissue of the Beatles ' "Abbey Road" album topped the national charts in early autumn. And now interest in this chic box with a lot of…

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"Music is a single language of the world": interview with Mikhail Mamonov, owner of SmartAudio Studio
SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern, professional recording Studio based in Kirov and consciously focused on working with analog. About this and not only in an interview with the founder…

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Music video: five new recordings of the classics
There is, perhaps, nothing more depressing than a textbook work played stupidly on the notes with only one concern — not to mess up. As there is nothing more dreary…

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Summing up: Russian jazz in 2018

It is difficult to divide music into years, especially to sum up some results for a certain period of time. Music is too Grand to be measured in days, even if there are 365 of them. But a ritual is a ritual. So, what did your reviewer personally remember about 2018 in Russian jazz? Analysis of what happened through personal impressions with conclusions.

The most popular event of the year is “jazz Day” in St. Petersburg. UNESCO Ambassador Herbie Hancock brought this new holiday to us, in Russia, in the Northern capital. A lot of real stars, events, events-jazz finally began to look like something cool-status-dynamic. Judging by the stories of insiders, a large-scale event was prepared quite quickly, and often directly as if with God’s Providence! Continue reading

Ten Christmas covers that have overtaken the originals in popularity

They say that everything new is well-forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and have prepared for you a fresh selection of “bearded” Christmas hits in new arrangements, which in all points outshone their originals. Let’s go!

Carol of the Bells [original]One of the most popular Christmas songs is nothing other than the Ukrainian folk song “shchedryk”, adapted by Nikolai Leontovich. The composer worked on it for almost twenty years: the first edition was presented in 1901, and in 1916 it was first performed by the choir of Kiev University. The English-language equivalent of “Shchedrik” – “Carol of the Bells ” – was heard in” South Park”,” the simpsons”,” family Guy”,” the Addams Family”,” die Hard ” … this list can go on indefinitely. Continue reading

Tales for adults: four new albums with unexpected genres

By January, many artists are preparing either albums of new year’s songs, or something very special that may not work without the festive hype. So, both the final of the year and the first month of 2019 were pleased with interesting finds. Here you will find veterans of the Russian rock scene with ironic songs, folk-rockers with psychedelic tales, The Beatles in avant-garde costumes and Gregory porter reincarnated as NAT king Cole.

Eugene Margulis ” Back and forth!”Let’s start with a big name, but not for the sake of hype, and justice for. In the final of last year, Eugene Margulis released another solo album, which is so bluesy and homely kind that it would be unfair to miss it. Continue reading

Classics from contemporaries: five new albums of academic music

Hits of concert halls and premiere recordings of little-known composers. Young virtuosos are nuggets and collectives with a century-old history. Baroque, reminiscent of minimalism. So, we continue our review of contemporary classical music recordings released at the end of last year and the beginning of this year. We tell you in the genre of “Classics for dummies” – in simple words about pleasant works that are worth listening to in any case.

Seong-Jin Cho, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe “Mozart: Piano Concerto N°20 K466-Sonatas K281 & K332″ ” I Love playing Mozart, but not because he is lighter than other composers, just his music is very joyful. Continue reading

Jazz together: six bright duet albums

Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, dueling soloists, a meandering rhythm section, and so on. But not always the more the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves, sometimes a miracle happens. So sometimes a simple piano duet can sound as broad as an orchestra. Today we have selected several albums for you, where just two instruments create a whole universe of sound and drive.

Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau “Long Ago And Far Away” Two eras of jazz. The great double bassist Charlie Hayden and the popular pianist-innovator brad Meldau collaborated a lot, having met back in 1993. Continue reading

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A new decade: what will happen to the rock musicians and their fans
Over the past 5 years, the industry has managed to "bury" and "resurrect" rock music and guitar several times. It was different. We were told that rock and roll was…


Natalia Skvortsova, "Live people": "The most interesting thing in jazz is happening now!»
Known in the circles of connoisseurs of modern author's jazz group "Live people" (or Live People) is releasing the fourth Studio album of author's material. The leader of the group,…


Black and white: new piano classics
A rich instrument, almost an entire orchestra. It's about the piano. Seven octaves-whatever chords you want to build. But sometimes even one crystal-tinkling note in the silence is enough to…


Musical anhedonia, or Not everyone likes music [translation]
To the sides of both unmanned spacecraft with the same name "Voyager" (eng. Voyager), launched in 1977, are attached identical round aluminum boxes with gold-plated disks on which images are…