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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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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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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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. This is, of course, about the reissue of Keith Jarrett’s Bach album. It’s also great when star musicians bring out good contemporary composers. Or they make conceptual programs around some humane idea that everyone can understand. And it turns out to be a classic for everyone, but not a simple crossover, but — for people with sensitive ears. 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,…

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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…

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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…

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Drummer on the hunt: five albums of drummers-leaders according to professionals
Most of the musicians ' jokes are about drummers and bassists. The rhythm section is an eternal source for exercises in homegrown humor. Themselves they-guys, typically, silent and calm (although…

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