Wish tree: four new jazz albums
Whatever you say, today jazz is the most creative, modern, free and therefore interesting music of all styles. And this is the only genre in which Russian musicians perform in…

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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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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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Shostakovich himself

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

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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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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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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Listen to video game soundtracks while you work
As I write this text, I can hear the sound of triumphant pipes mingling with the rhythmic notes of violins. You know, if you read my article, turn on this…

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