Baroque ensemble Il Gardellino: “We never record in studios”
Baroque - new rock and roll? You can say so! Let this music be already half a millennium - what difference does it have if it still pumps people at…

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Frozen jazz: four December albums
Winter! Jazzmen, triumphant ... What are they doing? Yes, like everyone else - freeze and think. And they have interesting collaborations and very beautiful, chamber works. So, once again loud…

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Summing up: Russian jazz in 2018
It is difficult to divide music into years, all the more so as to sum up some results for a certain period of time. The music is too majestic to…

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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

Under the dark skies: nine dark musical genres
To write this article was not an easy task, because it contains a philosophical paradox: a person always subconsciously strove for what he most fears. The darkness of the night…

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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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Haydn Joseph. Symphony No. 92, Oxford
July 1791 - the date and time of the event were precisely agreed upon in advance. But it so happened that Franz Joseph Haydn, the legislator of the Vienna Classical…

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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…

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