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Let’s talk about the chamber genre. Trio, quartet, quintet – that’s all. The spring of 2019 brought a lot of beauty in this field: Shostakovich’s canonical quintet, Yevgeny Kissin’s only recording with the Emerson String Quartet, as well as the completely non-chamber, Rabelaisian Bruckner.
Chamber music is considered the most difficult genre, and for all. The composer has to invent something to make a dense text for a small number of instruments. Musicians – to play perfectly and to the limit, because there is no one to hide behind. Listener – to follow all the lines, because here every note is like a word in a short story. But in this genre real masterpieces are born. Continue reading
A “rock band from brass” or a serious circus? The Spanish Brass brass quintet performed at the International Music Festival in Yaroslavl. Spanish macho virtuosi first appeared in Russia, and they simply fascinated the Yaroslavl public.
Mixing styles is traditional for this festival, whose art director, Yuri Bashmet, is himself a big fan of jazz, fusion and any interesting crossover. And just the wind compositions are usually responsible for the crossover, as they often play “normal” classics, and works by contemporary composers, and jazz. Spanish Brass too. Continue reading
Little-known composers, significant composers and jazzmen, playing Bach “as it should,” according to the notes. Such is the catch of June.
It is gratifying when musicians fearlessly change their roles. This, of course, is about the re-release of Keith Jarrett’s Bach album. It’s great when star musicians bring good contemporary composers to the light of God. Or they make conceptual programs around a humane idea that everyone understands. And it turns out a classic for everyone, but not a simple crossover, but for people with sensitive ears.
Keith Jarrett “The Well-Tempered Clavier, book I” Keith Jarrett’s new album is always an event in the jazz world. And now in the classic. However, the material of this album was recorded in March 1987 at a concert in New York. Continue reading