1/2 Orchestra: "sound Engineers, treat wind instruments correctly, learn to record them»
At one of the presentations of the Schiit technique, I included a couple of tracks from the long-familiar Moscow brass band 1/2 Orchestra, and the audience was surprised at how…

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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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Unknown about Miles and more
"The critics were still not up to me, but my albums were in demand. This was evident, if only because around this time Bob Weinstock, on Prestige, gave me $…

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A place in the sun: five albums with a non-trivial interpretation of jazz and classical music

The American Kronos Quartet — one of the most famous chamber groups-released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they play Riley’s music all their lives, and, for example, their album “Terry Riley: Requiem for Adam” is a masterpiece about love and pain… But then something strange and unusual was done. Let’s also remember other albums that sound either strange classics, or “normal”, but in an unusual refraction. Thank God that classical recording has its own bullies!

Kronos Quartet “Terry Reily: Sun Rings” Actually, let’s start with the “Kronos”, who have spent their entire long career either performing innovative music, or mixing it with ethnics, rock, jazz of Thelonious monk or bill Evans, and so on.Terry Riley is one of the Quartet’s favorite authors. Continue reading

Freaking out in earnest: interview with Carlos Beneto Grau of the Spanish Brass quintet
"Rock band from the wind" or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass wind quintet from Barcelona performed at the international music festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosos first appeared in…

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Il Gardellino Baroque ensemble: "We never record in studios»
Baroque-the new rock and roll? You could say that! Let this music is already half a thousand years old — what difference does it make if it still rocks the…

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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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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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