Ten Christmas covers that have overtaken the originals in popularity
They say that everything new is well-forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and have prepared for you a fresh selection of "bearded" Christmas hits in new arrangements, which…

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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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Icons, hermits, geniuses: the best jazz releases of winter 2020
As they say, spring has come into its own. And if we continue with cliches, the incredibly warm winter has melted the hearts, souls, and minds of jazz musicians... and…

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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

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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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…

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Unknown about Miles and more
"The critics were still not up to me, but my albums were in demand. This was evident, if only because around this time Bob Weinstock, on Prestige, gave me $…

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Summing up: Russian jazz in 2018
It is difficult to divide music into years, especially to sum up some results for a certain period of time. Music is too Grand to be measured in days, even…

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