A place in the sun: five albums with a non-trivial interpretation of jazz and classical music
The American Kronos Quartet — one of the most famous chamber groups-released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they…

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Jazz together: six bright duet albums
Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, dueling soloists, a meandering rhythm section, and so on. But not always the more the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves,…

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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.…

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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 say everything. Probably all composers wrote for the piano in all genres. And those who did not have time to write for this instrument due to historical reasons — like Bach, for example-exist in transcriptions. Our selection includes new and archived recordings, from Bach to contemporary composers, from romanticism to Polish avant-garde, British postmodern and Soviet “Philharmonic jazz”.

Maria Yudina ” Anniversary Edition. Phonodocuments 10 CD ” Reissue of the year! 10 CDS with recordings by the outstanding Soviet pianist Maria Yudina. Although the definition of “Soviet” would have distressed her. Yudina is a cult figure. And legendary. And a controversial genius. One of her fans was Stalin — Google the history of her letter to him. A true believer, who performed in a velvet cassock, on the stage overshadowed herself with a cross, she could not help but “run into”. All my life I worked hard, but I lived in conscious poverty and did not ask anyone for anything.Melodiya plans to publish more recordings by Yudina. But so far, the label has presented a box, where mostly works by Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert. From Russian — Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Myaskovsky, Stravinsky. Live recordings from 1950 onwards, mostly with a fairly clear sound (but still earlier ones are Sizzling).Classicism and romance are one side of Yudina, lyrical. And it’s beautiful. Contemporaries, including Neuhaus, were surprised by her very peculiar way of interpreting textbook works: either to drive the pace, or on the contrary to stretch, but all to play romantically and with a soul — “under Schubert”.Closer to the final disk of the collection, vanguard appears. Witold Lutoslawski and his “Variations for two pianos on a theme of Paganini”. Salon playful thing of the 50s of the last century — “Sonatina for trombone and piano” by Kazimir Serotsky. The trombone here is Gregory of Kherson (now lives and works in Israel), which is also interesting, since the classical trombonist-soloist is a rare beast.
Dmitry Masleev “Rapid movement” Young pianist Dmitry Masleev became famous overnight — when in 2015 at the international Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, he received the first prize and a Gold medal. At the same time, he was taken under the wing of a member of the jury, the influential and venerable virtuoso Boris Berezovsky.Masleev’s discography includes several discs with works by Scarlatti, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. He also recorded in an ambitious project-all of Shostakovich’s concerts with conductor Alexander Sladkovsky.The new album shows a very interesting selection. These works — a kind of domestic “pricesabana” classic. Or “academic jazz”, so to speak. For example, Dmitry Shostakovich’s “First concert” (Krasnoyarsk academic Symphony orchestra, conductor-Vladimir Lande, trumpet-Leonid Guryev). Russian pop and jazz hitmaker Alexander Tsfasman is represented by the”Concert Suite”. And finally, what can be called “academic jazz” in full — the “Second concert” of Nikolai Kapustin.Here Kapustin interesting. He is very popular in Southeast Asia, and almost every second album with Kapustin’s music is recorded by Koreans, Japanese, and so on. We rarely remember him, although, for example, among Kapustin’s fans is the pianist Nikolai Lugansky. Igor Butman also periodically tries to return the composer’s works to concert use, and they are actually the most suitable material for high-quality crossover projects of jazz musicians with academic musicians.Beautiful refined music, with all sorts of whimsical decorations, piquant harmonies and a positive mood. Masleev here acted as an educator: after his hot passionate performance, it is impossible not to appreciate it!Apple Music, Deezer
Ludmila berlinskaya, Arthur Ansel “‘B’ like Britain. Two pianos original project ” Unusual format, style and genre. Duet piano album with works by English composers of the XX century? This is not often found, to put it mildly. Pianists Lyudmila berlinskaya and Arthur Ansel decided to make a British album, and with composers of the XX century, which by the standards of the half — thousand-year history of European classics is modern. And that all surnames begin with the letter “b” – like Britain.Moreover, the composers themselves represent various schools of the last century. From the famous classic Benjamin Britten with his peculiar boldly-pugnacious “homage” to Chopin (Two Pieces, Op.23) to film composer Richard Rodney Bennett. The latter should be familiar to us as the author of film music to all sorts of British popular films, including ” Four weddings and one funeral.” Here is his 1974 work “Divertimento for Two Pianos” – pure postmodern, a parody/rehash of popular styles: from country and ragtime to Blues.Especially recommend listening to the most, in my opinion, hit album — “Moy Mell” by Arnold Bax. The work of the turbulent 1916-and sounds modernist, with a La Ravel, while inspired by an old Irish legend.Apple Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Gugnin, Kholodenko, GENYUSHAS “Dedication to Vera Gornostaeva”On this disc — as many as three pianists. Bright representatives of the relatively middle generation, students of an outstanding teacher-the late Vera Gornostayeva. Actually, this recording is a concert this year in the Zaryadye hall, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Gornostayeva’s birth from her last three students ,the” three Musketeers”, as she called Andrey Gugnin, Vadim Kholodenko and Lukas GENYUSHAS.Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann in this musketeer performance are a cross-section of the Russian piano school in its current state. Well, the music is great. Deep and sensuous works: from Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 (“Aurora”) to Schubert’s” Three pieces for piano “and Schumann’s” carnival of Vienna”. Complete romance. The perfect selection to” enter ” the piano classics.

Tales for adults: four new albums with unexpected genres
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John Schofield: "a Good sound engineer should be a very musical person himself»
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50 years of sound over silence: "modern music Publishing" by ECM Records
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