Conditional Bach: four new albums of academic music
Little-known composers, significant composers and  play Bach "as it should be", according to the notes. This is the catch of June. It is gratifying when musicians fearlessly change their roles.…

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Nineties without Linden: seven great forgotten songs
The initiators of the Alice in Chains grunge will come to Moscow in the summer. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style "Facelift", and in 1992 AIC…

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Nineties without Linden: seven great forgotten songs
The initiators of the Alice in Chains grunge will come to Moscow in the summer. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style "Facelift", and in 1992 AIC…

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exquisite kitsch

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

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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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