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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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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Il Gardellino Baroque ensemble: "We never record in studios»
Baroque-the new rock and roll? You could say that! Let this music is already half a thousand years old — what difference does it make if it still rocks the…

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Monthly Archives: March 2018

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. Continue reading

Blues for a better life: five bluesmen for the advanced listener

Dom Martin, a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Belfast, Ireland, talks about the essence of Blues and non — obvious masterpieces.

In the summer, Dom Martin, a well — known singer, guitarist and songwriter from the British Isles, came to Moscow for the first time for the British Blues Invasion festival. He even performs live on the BBC! He is not even thirty, but it is believed that this young musician is a follower of the most ancient Blues archaic. Indeed, half of his set is usually acoustic, classic Delta songs, fingerstyle, “bottlneck” and all the other signature Blues chips of the 30s.However, in fact, he is not a Blues purist or an authenticist. Continue reading

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 in Sochi. “I’m looking for a new Schnittke,”as the festival’s founding father, violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet has often said.

Bashmet is a great friend of the composer Alexander Tchaikovsky, head of the composition Department at the Moscow Conservatory. Yuri Abramovich has a thirst to search for and play new things in his blood: for half a century, music for him was written by modern composers all over the world, from Schnittke onwards, and many, now classical, works are strongly associated only with the basmet viola. There were just not many works for solo viola. Continue reading

Spring, love, dance: four new jazz albums
For some mysterious reason, Russian jazz albums come out in waves. Moreover, it is clear that domestic labels (how many of them are there — two or four?) there is…

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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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"Music is a single language of the world": interview with Mikhail Mamonov, owner of SmartAudio Studio
SmartAudio Recording Lab is a modern, professional recording Studio based in Kirov and consciously focused on working with analog. About this and not only in an interview with the founder…

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"As if he doesn't do anything": about the Billy Ailish phenomenon
Why should serious adult music fans respect an eighteen-year-old American pop star? Sort out. Not a day goes by without news of Billy Irish. Yes, it is Ailish: "who-what" -…

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