Natalia Skvortsova, "Live people": "The most interesting thing in jazz is happening now!»
Known in the circles of connoisseurs of modern author's jazz group "Live people" (or Live People) is releasing the fourth Studio album of author's material. The leader of the group,…

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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…

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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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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 own in the works known to the last note. At the same time, interpretations may differ radically even for one performer. At the beginning of winter, a number of interesting recordings appeared, both of young musicians and luminaries, who throughout their lives comprehended a certain work.

Seiji Ozawa, The Tokyo Opera Singers, Mito Chamber Orchestra “Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 ” the Last sentence is, of course, about Seiji Ozawa, an outstanding Japanese conductor who made another recording of Beethoven’s textbook Ninth Symphony. This is the one where “Ode to joy”. Ozawa repeatedly played (including at the opening of the Olympic games in Nagano) and recorded (the Symphony became his debut for Philips in 1970) this amazing work, where light pathos is combined with a large-scale plan, and the rich and whimsical orchestral fabric with hit tunes.Ozawa — superviser. His musicians play like clockwork, only with soul. It was recorded so well that even in the cheap” sticks ” of JBL, you feel like you are sitting in the orchestra and see every note.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerFelix Klieser & Camerata Salzburg “Mozart Horn Concertos 1-4″I accidentally came across this musician’s recordings without knowing anything about him. So I listened with pleasure and with an open mind. There are not so many trumpeters and French horn soloists, and especially bright ones. So Felix Klizer is a great discovery. And, in fact, it does not matter that the musician was born without both hands, and the valves are pressed with the fingers of the left foot.The new album is four Mozart concertos for French horn. But they were written for the French horn of that time, an old one, which later grew into a modern one. Not only are both instruments infernally complex in themselves, but these particular concertos were composed by Mozart for his childhood friend Josef Ignaz Leitgeb, who by then had grown to be a virtuoso. But for all this technical complexity, the concerts are imbued with a purely Mozart-like light and optimism. Downright spring mood-a vitamin of happiness.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Trio Les Esprits “Schubert” is a Young Belgian group of like-minded friends. Formed in 2012, they have already released several albums with melodic classics, and, of course, they have reached Schubert-a brilliant melodist, who is elegant and pleasant, but played with energy and with such fervor and optimism, as if it is some kind of pop! In good sense.Well, the tearful Schubert melodism — it is “sewn” in the score, and it is impossible to spoil it. In my opinion, the most sweetly nostalgic here is ” Sonata in a minor (D 821)”, but, in principle, almost every track is a hit.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerRafał Blechacz & Bomsori Kim “Fauré, Debussy, Chopin and Szymanowski” is a Duet album by the powerful violinist Bomsori (POM Sori, as it is called in Russia) Kim and the Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz. Three romantic-era sonatas plus a Chopin Nocturne arranged by Nathan Milstein are the biggest hits here.Faure’s Sonata for violin — thin and pensive-begins more or less restrained and elegant, but by the fourth movement there is a growing hysteria, and the Coda is just thunderclaps. The result is a striking contrast with Szymanowski and Debussy.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Nicolas Stavy “Fauré: Piano Works”Spring is the season handicap? Well, that’s not bad in itself. Faure worked for many decades and wrote a lot of original music, which is often transparent and elusive in mood. This is how it is mostly played, but in this particular album by 43-year-old Frenchman Nicolas Stavy, there is an emotional variety.Stavi dug deep into Faure’s chamber piano music, which Faure had been composing all his life — that is, it all evolved with him. For the melodism of “broad breath” (according to the intuitive definition of grove’s dictionary), he was called “French Schumann” and was considered the real heir of Chopin.Stavi really plays it “chopinist”. Sometimes pathetic, heroic: here in this spirit, the Ballad in f sharp major. A Sonata written in the same key-perfectly constructed, geometric, rational. And three romances without words — a charming salon. And there is an exclusive on the record: several hitherto unreleased works by Faure, found by the pianist himself!Apple.Music, Deezer
Luisa Imorde “L’affaire d’honneur” Well, let’s finish the review, as we started, with Beethoven, which is placed in an interesting context on this record. That’s what, among other things, are good modern interpretations of the classics, so it’s concepts. Ancient and modern composers, plus their spiritual heirs, and so on. Interesting!Album of pianist Luisa of IMON — too conceptual and built around a Mozart, or rather, rumors about him. The collection opens and ends with” La stessa, la stessissima ” by Antonio Salieri in variations by Joseph welfl and Beethoven, respectively. That is, here Salieri is a fictional enemy — competitor in relation to Mozart, the forgotten and beautiful welfl is a real competitor, and Beethoven is a “victim” of Mozart as a role model.They also have all sorts of complicated relationships-read it if you’re interested. And the track list is simply beautiful, especially Mozart’s Adagio for two pianos, played here as a duet with Jacques Rouvier. Well, Beethoven’s “Pathetic” is also in the theme.

All sorts of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes
Jazz recording met the spring with a regrouping of forces. Projects come out with unexpected concepts that don't seem to have anything to do with music. New interesting supergroups appear,…

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Romance of romance: new recordings of classical music
Let's talk about modern music. What is considered modern at all: everything that is not called "classical", or works by modern composers written according to strict academic standards, or maybe…

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Alexei Syumak: "Beautifully drawn musical scores and sound beautiful!»
Composers are rapidly getting younger. And use unusual tools, strokes and harmonies. I was personally convinced of this by the review of young talents at the Winter International Art Festival…

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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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