Wish tree: four new jazz albums
Whatever you say, today jazz is the most creative, modern, free and therefore interesting music of all styles. And this is the only genre in which Russian musicians perform in…

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We have heard and know: to whom, why and how Russian tribute bands pay their respects
The time is now: endless animation, cloning and copying of rock dinosaurs of all breeds. The thesis, of course, is banal and has been repeated many times, including by me…

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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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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

"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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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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Historical paintings: new albums of classics
Operatic thrillers and self-absorbed chamber works. Historical records and the latest versions of netlens. Beethoven's Anniversary. This is an interesting climate in the academic recording of the winter-spring of this…

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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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