"As if he doesn't do anything": about the Billy Ailish phenomenon
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We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects
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Icons, hermits, geniuses: the best jazz releases of winter 2020
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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 that “this is a classic, obligated, for the ages”.

Listening to a box set of recordings by the outstanding Soviet violist Rudolf Barshay, you think: here it is, the perfect gift! A really nice box set. Stylish. It looks like a gift in appearance — and an unambiguous treasure in terms of content.At the same time, Barshay is one of the few serious musicians of the past who are so to speak in the cultural current usage, thanks to the film by Oleg Dorman and the book based on this documentary series. That is, sort of like aesthetic music from a popular character. In addition to Barshay, there are several high-profile “boxed” releases. Which is nice to listen to and hold in your hands.Rudolf Barshay. Anniversary edition (5 CD) a Wonderful product of the company “Melody” — a 5-disc box set (cute, white, with the names of composers squeezed out) of recordings by Rudolf Barshay. No one needs to introduce one of the first and main soloists-violists-after the documentary film by Oleg Dorman and the book that followed.The musician, himself a virtuoso violist, conductor and arranger, almost began to create a viola repertoire — works for the viola were not so much in the world music literature. His younger colleague Yuri Bashmet developed this process completely, but if it were not for Barshay, we would be sitting without Bashmet, and without the viola repertoire — old and modern.Barshay himself arranged Bach and other classics for viola. Shostakovich was “distilled” into a Quartet format. This box set features Bach (“the Art of Fugue”, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, etc.), Mozart, Purcell; from the beginning of the XX century — Henry Gustav Casadesus, Hindemith (“Mourning music for viola and string orchestra”), Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.And yet: the works on the disks are arranged quite dramatically, even contrasted. For example, on one disc — Mozart (Concert Symphony for violin and viola with orchestra in E-flat major) and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in f major. This is a textbook. And recorded perfectly!Melodiya, Yandex.Musicalfare Schnittke. Anniversary edition (2 CD) oddly enough, but the publisher — again “Melody”-announces this material as being released “for the first time on CD”. It would seem that Schnittke is all published-reissued. But not all of it. So, the Russian (and then Soviet) premiere of the work with the double title Concerto Grosso No. 4 / Symphony No. 5 (1988), with a performance by conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The soloist is the outstanding “innovative” violinist Gidon Kremer. The work is eerily psychedelic and painfully attractive. Well, as well as the entire Schnittke large form.A curious “Dedication to Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich” for piano as many as six hands. It turns out really piano-bacchanalia!In the Quintet for piano, two violins, viola and cello, the famous “Borodin Quartet” (Vladimir Kraynev at the piano) plays its parts with such nerve… and they themselves are long, these phrases-as if the nerves pull from you. Sometimes breaking into a rattle in the style of “the violin screamed in an inhuman voice”, paraphrasing the heroine of a famous film. In General, not for the faint of heart. That’s why it’s inspiring.Melody, Deezer, Yandex.Musicandris Nelsons & Wiener Philharmoniker Beethoven: Complete Symphonies (5CD + BluRay-Audio) there are many holidays In February and spring. And here is this chic (without reservations!) the publication is just a real gift. A box of A5 format with five discs, photos and Blu-ray. And a thick, colorful booklet. All Beethoven’s symphonies with one of the most notable conductors of our time — Andris Nelsons.

He himself says in liner notes that there have already been countless recordings of Beethoven’s symphonies and there will be as many more. But the essence and “feature” of Beethoven’s works of large form (and in General, any of his works) is that they paradoxically reflect modernity.That is, today you play/listen to this music as if it was written today. You can argue or agree with this, but usually Beethoven’s music captivates most normal listeners from the first bars.

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