Full of boxes: new box sets of classical music
There are two difficult situations in life: when you can not think of what to give, and when you can not think of what to write about a classic release-except…

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Madonna's discography as a mirror of digital recording evolution
Madonna's first albums coincided with the distribution of CDs on the market and her subsequent works clearly show how priorities changed in recording. Let's look at them in more detail.…

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Canned food and clones, or Where is the new classic
They say: they don't argue about tastes. To be honest, I never understood the meaning of this expression. How can you argue about tastes? "My taste is better"? "The taste…

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50 years of sound over silence: “modern music Publishing” by ECM Records

50 years ago, in November 1969, the first album of the ECM Records label — “Edition of Contemporary Music” – was recorded in Studio Bauer in Bavaria.

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy on the island of Lindau, on the Bodensee, a boy named Manfred was born. After a few light-years, he realized that there is a power above silence and it is called sound…As time passed, the boy Manfred became the double bassist Manfred Eicher (Manfred Eicher), who graduated from the Berlin Academy of music. In 1969, in Munich, Manfred created an independent label specializing in contemporary jazz. The words written about it later in the canadian jazz magazine CODA: Continue reading

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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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…

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Romance of romance: new recordings of classical music
Let's talk about modern music. What is considered modern at all: everything that is not called "classical", or works by modern composers written according to strict academic standards, or maybe…

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Blues for a better life: five bluesmen for the advanced listener
Dom Martin, a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Belfast, Ireland, talks about the essence of Blues and non — obvious masterpieces. In the summer, Dom Martin, a well — known…

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