Sounds that energize the brain
“Some sounds work just as well as a couple of cups of coffee,” says Alfred Tomatis, an eminent French hearing expert. This means that we can use music as a…

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Sounds that energize the brain
“Some sounds work just as well as a couple of cups of coffee,” says Alfred Tomatis, an eminent French hearing expert. This means that we can use music as a…

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Will you be Einstein?
You are young, you consider yourself advanced, nightclubs are the best place to hang out after school or work. After - a feeling of well spent time, only now a…

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Nineties without linden: seven great forgotten songs

In the summer of Moscow, the pioneers of Alice in Chains will arrive. The band recorded the first exemplary album of this style “Facelift”, and in 1992, AIC released the swan song of grunge – the album “Dirt”. In that year there were many musical breakthroughs, discoveries and upheavals. Something was forgotten, but it seems that the 90s are with us for a long time.

From the point of view of show business, the main achievement of the nineties, probably, is that they have learned how to make almost any non-commercial music commercial. “Repositioning”, in the language of marketing textbooks. So, it was in the 90s that “it turned out” that heavy music is not “stupid / choking”, but just the opposite: diverse, for all tastes, with quite pop ballagers within the style. And yes, other styles are most easily grafted onto it, from ethnics and hip-hop to electronics and jazz. Continue reading

6 new albums of classical music

Classics do not die because they play it all the time. And they play it because it is a classic. Iron logic. But in fact, in fact: each generation finds something of its own in well-known works. At the same time, interpretations may differ radically even from one performer. At the beginning of winter, a number of curious recordings appeared of both young musicians and luminaries, who throughout their life had been thinking about a certain piece.

Seiji Ozawa, Tokyo Opera Singers, Mito Chamber Orchestra “Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 ”The last phrase is, of course, about Seiji Ozawa, an outstanding Japanese conductor, who made another recording of Beethoven’s textbook of the ninth symphony. This is the one where “Ode to Joy.” Ozawa played several times (including the opening of the Olympic Games in Nagano) and recorded (the symphony became his debut for Philips in 1970) is an amazing piece, where light pathos is combined with a large-scale plan, and the richest and whimsical orchestral fabric with hit tunes. Ozawa is the super conductor. His musicians play like a clock, only with a soul. Continue reading

Any kind of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes

Jazz sound recording met with spring redeployment of forces. There are projects with unexpected concepts, which seem to have nothing to do with music. New curious supergroups appear, and the old ones shake up the compositions, reconsider their views and simply do not stand still. Like March snow.

Jeremy Pelt “Jeremy Pelt the Artist” Portrait of a musician as an artist – a concept album by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Which turned out to be also a fan of all kinds of plastic arts – he wrote “Rodin Suite”, in honor of, of course, Auguste Rodin. Parts are called after famous sculptures – “Call to Arms”, “Eternal Spring” – nothing specific. “The Call” begins with repetitive piano arpeggios, which are more likely to resemble Philip Glass than the more appropriate Sati or Debussy here, although there is something Ravel in all this. Continue reading

Five new albums of atypical jazz compositions
Jazz is like Bulgakov Woland: timeless. Forgive such an association, but the truth is: it seems to develop in time ... or in several times. While unknown recordings of jazz…

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Wish Tree: Four New Jazz Albums
Anyway, but today jazz is the most creative, modern, free and therefore interesting music from all styles. And this is the only genre in which domestic musicians perform in all…

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Jazz together: six bright duet albums
Jazz is an abundant genre. Lush orchestras, lengthy improvisations, duels of soloists, wriggling rhythm section and the like. But not always the more, the better. When jazzmen consciously limit themselves,…

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Music video: five new recordings of the classics
No, perhaps, nothing is more melancholy than a textbook, played stupidly on notes with only one care - not to fix. As there is nothing more depressing than a modern…

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