Icons, hermits, geniuses: the best jazz releases of winter 2020
As they say, spring has come into its own. And if we continue with cliches, the incredibly warm winter has melted the hearts, souls, and minds of jazz musicians... and…

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We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects
The time is now: endless animation, cloning and copying of rock dinosaurs of all breeds. The thesis, of course, is banal and has been repeated many times, including by me…

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Listen to video game soundtracks while you work
As I write this text, I can hear the sound of triumphant pipes mingling with the rhythmic notes of violins. You know, if you read my article, turn on this…

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Historical paintings: new albums of classics

Operatic thrillers and self-absorbed chamber works. Historical records and the latest versions of netlens. Beethoven’s Anniversary. This is an interesting climate in the academic recording of the winter-spring of this year.

I will say the banality that has already been imposed in my teeth: quarantine is a time to get acquainted with some “complex” art. Large-scale works, such as books of a thousand pages, operas of three hours, and so on. Personally, I have never really liked the Opera genre, but then I suddenly realized that if you listen carefully to a good production, it is as if it is visualized. In particular, today we will talk about such strong recordings of the Russian Opera school. Let’s start with one of the main Russian Opera composers — and his most complex and ambiguous work. Continue reading

"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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Faith No More "The Real Thing": a thing for all time
After a long pause, the band Faith No More reunited to record "Sol Invitus", but this year we would like to celebrate the anniversary of the most punchy album of…

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Camera obscura: four new albums with classics
Let's talk about the chamber genre. A trio, a Quartet, a quintet-that's it. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty to this field: the canonical Shostakovich quintet, Eugene…

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Listen to video game soundtracks while you work
As I write this text, I can hear the sound of triumphant pipes mingling with the rhythmic notes of violins. You know, if you read my article, turn on this…

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