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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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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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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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 if there are 365 of them. But a ritual is a ritual. So, what did your reviewer personally remember about 2018 in Russian jazz? Analysis of what happened through personal impressions with conclusions.

The most popular event of the year is “jazz Day” in St. Petersburg. UNESCO Ambassador Herbie Hancock brought this new holiday to us, in Russia, in the Northern capital. A lot of real stars, events, events-jazz finally began to look like something cool-status-dynamic. Judging by the stories of insiders, a large-scale event was prepared quite quickly, and often directly as if with God’s Providence! Continue reading

Musical anhedonia, or Not everyone likes music [translation]

To the sides of both unmanned spacecraft with the same name “Voyager” (eng. Voyager), launched in 1977, are attached identical round aluminum boxes with gold-plated disks on which images are applied. The goal of the Voyager mission is to introduce us to possible extraterrestrials and show the diversity of life and culture on planet Earth.

“The spacecraft will turn on the phonogram if it encounters advanced civilizations in interstellar space. 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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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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"As if he doesn't do anything": about the Billy Ailish phenomenon
Why should serious adult music fans respect an eighteen-year-old American pop star? Sort out. Not a day goes by without news of Billy Irish. Yes, it is Ailish: "who-what" -…

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Music video: five new recordings of the classics
There is, perhaps, nothing more depressing than a textbook work played stupidly on the notes with only one concern — not to mess up. As there is nothing more dreary…

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