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…

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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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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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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 track and find “Battlefield One”. You’ll focus a little better if it plays in the background, I promise. After all, this is what video game soundtracks are aimed at.

Actually, at this point, this is the best life advice I’ve received — listen to music from video games if you need to concentrate. After all, this is a special genre of music created in order to enhance the sensations and, at the same time, stay somewhere in the background, in the subcortex of the brain. It should engage and engage the player without distracting them. Continue reading

Drummer on the hunt: five albums of drummers-leaders according to professionals

Most of the musicians ‘ jokes are about drummers and bassists. The rhythm section is an eternal source for exercises in homegrown humor. Themselves they-guys, typically, silent and calm (although very powerful physically). They don’t go anywhere. They are content with brief solos. But when the bass player or drummer is the leader, something out of the ordinary happens.

How to start getting acquainted with the projects of drummers-leaders? I asked famous Moscow drummers-professionals to name their favorite albums, and everyone, by the way, made a reservation: I don’t listen to drums, I listen to music. I also listened to their professional recommendations. Continue reading

John Schofield: “a Good sound engineer should be a very musical person himself»

John Schofield is coming to Russia soon. And this, perhaps, says it all. Run for tickets. You don’t have to explain anything. But still, I will explain why and why it is worth doing.

John Schofield has long been called a living jazz legend. Suffice it to say that he played and recorded with miles Davis himself, which already provides a place in history. Although Mr. Schofield does not look like a legend or mythical hero at all: a smiling, balding man in colorful shirts. But what he does on stage is magic.He performed in Moscow only twice (the last one was already 9 years ago!), but with such different programs that we realized that this musician can do anything. Continue reading

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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Live season: five new jazz albums
It has always been assumed that summer is the dead season in the record usinessb. All high-profile / significant releases are traditionally planned for the beginning of autumn,and then-for the…

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Camera obscura: four new albums with classics
Let's talk about the chamber genre. A trio, a Quartet, a quintet-that's it. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty to this field: the canonical Shostakovich quintet, Eugene…

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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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