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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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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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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In dark alleys: five new jazz albums

April is full of the intoxicating spirit of renewal. And it happens every year. And, thank God, for more than a hundred years, new jazz albums have been released at this time. April 19 of the XXI century is the return from oblivion of legendary figures, a bold experiment in a difficult duet format and something almost impossible-a solo album on a non-isolating instrument. As well as a lot of interesting author’s compositions. A hundred years ago, probably none of this collection would have been labeled “jazz” (or “jass” as the word was then spelled), but so what?

Larry Grenadier “the Gleaners” double bass Solo albums are not released every day. Here is in direct sense — solo, without other instruments at all! Even solo double bass pieces are rare, let alone entire programs. Continue reading

Why is music no longer recorded the way it used to be? [translation]
When the old fans complain about songs that have been nominated for a Grammy this year, there's a reason. It's time for the annual Grammy awards, and as always, Sunday's…

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Musical anhedonia, or Not everyone likes music [translation]
To the sides of both unmanned spacecraft with the same name "Voyager" (eng. Voyager), launched in 1977, are attached identical round aluminum boxes with gold-plated disks on which images are…

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Ides of March: 6 new classical music albums
Classics don't die because they are played all the time. And they play it because it is a classic. Iron logic. But in fact, each generation finds something of its…

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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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