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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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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"Music is a single language of the world": interview with Mikhail Mamonov, owner of SmartAudio Studio
SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern, professional recording Studio based in Kirov and consciously focused on working with analog. About this and not only in an interview with the founder…

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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

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…

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John Schofield: "a Good sound engineer should be a very musical person himself»
John Schofield is coming to Russia soon. And this, perhaps, says it all. Run for tickets. You don't have to explain anything. But still, I will explain why and why…

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Music video: five new recordings of the classics
There is, perhaps, nothing more depressing than a textbook work played stupidly on the notes with only one concern — not to mess up. As there is nothing more dreary…

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Icons, hermits, geniuses: the best jazz releases of winter 2020
As they say, spring has come into its own. And if we continue with cliches, the incredibly warm winter has melted the hearts, souls, and minds of jazz musicians... and…

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