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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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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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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British postmodern

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 say everything. Probably all composers wrote for the piano in all genres. And those who did not have time to write for this instrument due to historical reasons — like Bach, for example-exist in transcriptions. Our selection includes new and archived recordings, from Bach to contemporary composers, from romanticism to Polish avant-garde, British postmodern and Soviet “Philharmonic jazz”. Continue reading

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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On the rage of the day: four new jazz albums
Jazzmen-in principle, people are not indifferent to everything in life (and to what will happen after it). Otherwise, they are not jazz musicians. That, however, does not prevent them from…

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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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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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