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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Freaking out in earnest: interview with Carlos Beneto Grau of the Spanish Brass quintet
"Rock band from the wind" or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass wind quintet from Barcelona performed at the international music festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosos first appeared in…

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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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Monthly Archives: August 2018

I can’t say goodbye: classic rock is popular again, but it doesn’t make me happy

In the UK, the reissue of the Beatles ‘ “Abbey Road” album topped the national charts in early autumn. And now interest in this chic box with a lot of additional material has not dried up. Why am I not happy about this fact?

All-knowing statistics show that this happened 49 years 252 days after the record went down from the first place. “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road is still holding up after all these years,” Paul McCartney himself tweeted. The Beatles broke their own record: the album ” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ” the gap between the top places in the UK charts was 49 years and 125 days.
It’s not that I don’t like the Beatles. I like the late period, for example. And a solo Lennon. Continue reading

Canned food and clones, or Where is the new classic

They say: they don’t argue about tastes. To be honest, I never understood the meaning of this expression. How can you argue about tastes? “My taste is better”? “The taste is there! – No taste! Give me ten proofs of the existence of taste! “Taste, as the Lord God, is a transcendent entity!”Nonsense, verbiage… And if someone says that they hate this or that musician, and I love him, for example, very much, then there is no reason to argue at all. You love, I don’t, and love is an inexplicable thing, and if it’s explicable, it’s not love at all, but a marriage of convenience, with all due respect.

Several reasons for this column. First, the new year, the new decade of the XXI century. The results are asking for themselves. But this is in General; in particular, for example, Denny lane comes to Russia with a band that “covers”… Creedence Clearwater Revival. Continue reading

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…

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Listen to video game soundtracks while you work
As I write this text, I can hear the sound of triumphant pipes mingling with the rhythmic notes of violins. You know, if you read my article, turn on this…

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Melody of the Universe: how the Soviet "father of electronics" created a cosmic musical instrument
This, without exaggeration, unique musical unit could not be attributed to any type of instrument. Moreover, the melody that he plays after a couple of mysterious passes with his hands…

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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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