Madonna's discography as a mirror of digital recording evolution
Madonna's first albums coincided with the distribution of CDs on the market and her subsequent works clearly show how priorities changed in recording. Let's look at them in more detail.…

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On the rage of the day: four new jazz albums
Jazzmen-in principle, people are not indifferent to everything in life (and to what will happen after it). Otherwise, they are not jazz musicians. That, however, does not prevent them from…

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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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musicologist Leopold

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 Kissin’s only recording with the Emerson String Quartet, as well as a completely non-chamber, Rabelaisian Bruckner.

Chamber music is considered the most difficult genre, and for everyone. The composer has to invent something to get a dense text for a small number of instruments. Musicians-play perfectly and at the limit, because there is no one to hide behind. The listener should follow all the lines, for here every note is like a word in a short story. But in this genre, real masterpieces are born. Continue reading

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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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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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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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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