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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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Why does music heal?
Almost everything that happens in nature is connected with the world of sounds. In any case, in wildlife. It can be considered proven that music affects us, plants, and animals.…

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

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Ten Christmas covers, overtaken by the originals

It is said that everything new is well forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and prepared for you a fresh selection of “bearded” Christmas hits in new arrangements, which overshadowed their originals on all counts. Go!

Carol of the Bells [original] One of the most popular Christmas compositions is none other than the Ukrainian folk song “Shchedryk”, adapted by Nikolai Leontovich. The composer worked on it for almost twenty years: the first edition was presented in 1901, and in 1916 it was first performed by the choir of Kiev University. The English analogue of “Shchedryk” – “Carol of the Bells” – sounded in “South Park”, “The Simpsons”, “Family Guy”, “Adams Family”, “Die Hard” … this list is endless. 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 surrounding the Cro-Magnon in his pitiful home, around a hostile world inhabited by dangerous creatures. Dark jungle of forests, the depths of the seas and oceans. An even darker and more frightening cosmos where it is extremely difficult to survive. But the most terrifying – where will he go at the end of his path? This place in the mass consciousness has always been inhabited by terrible monsters and terrible pictures of existence there after. Well, it can’t all end like this, right? Should there be anything there? Well, here it is …

Sigmund Freud ultimately reduced all human aspirations to the dualistic principle of the struggle between two basic instincts – sexual attraction and death drive:
If we accept as non-exempt the fact that everything that lives due to internal causes dies, returns to the inorganic, then we can say: the purpose of all life is death, and, conversely, the inanimate was earlier than the living. Continue reading

Yevgeny Khavtan and Robert Lenz, Bravo: “Not Russian rock, but Russian twist!”

The group “Bravo” celebrated its 35th anniversary and releases an album of rare songs. We talk with band vocalist Robert Lentz and permanent leader of the band, guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Yevgeny Khavtan about the secrets of creative longevity, how to write a hit and about what modern rap sounds like in the 50s rock and roll.

– The obvious question: how does such a solid anniversary feel?
Lenz: The number of years is just a figure, but in reality this date itself is no different from another. True, any concert should be cool, and the anniversary – even more cool. And so – it was 34, now 35. Yes, a respectable age. It’s nice that the group exists so much. I myself have been singing in her for 23 years (laughs). Havtan: When we made up the anniversary program, it turned out that two and a half hours of some hits. A lot, had to sacrifice. Made a potpourri of several songs. Continue reading

Four new albums with unexpected genres

By January, many artists are preparing either albums of New Year’s songs, or something completely special, which may not even happen without a festive rush. So, both the finale of the year and the first month of 2019 pleased us with interesting findings. Here you will find veterans of the Russian rock scene with ironic songs, folk rockers with psychedelic tales, The Beatles in avant-garde costumes and Gregory Porter, reincarnated in Nat King Cole.

Yevgeny Margulis, “Here and there!” Let’s start with a big name, but not for the sake of, but for justice. In the final of last year, Evgeny Margulis released another solo album, which is so sweet and homely so blues that it would be unfair to miss it. It is believed that a few years ago, Margulis left “The Time Machine” precisely for the sake of a solo career (did anyone in the group interfere with him going to the side?). Not that he has been with albums since then, but what he is releasing is straightforward “Russian Stevie Wonder,” as one of his young associates put it. Continue reading

Classics from contemporaries: five new albums of academic music

Hits of concert halls and premieres of little-known composers. Young virtuosos, nuggets and groups with a century of history. Baroque, reminiscent of minimalism. So, we continue the review of modern recordings of classical music, released at the end of last year and the beginning of this year. We tell in the genre “Classics for Dummies” – in simple words about pleasant works that are worth listening to in any case.

Seong-Jin Cho, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Mozart: Piano Concerto N ° 20 K466 – Sonatas K281 & K332 “” I love playing Mozart, but not because it is easier than other composers, it’s just that its music is very joyful. And multi-layered, ”says Cho Son Jin. And he believes that Mozart’s music is “opera”, so it’s worth playing it not very strictly, but free. Continue reading

Psychosomatic reactions to some types of musical art
Music at all times, since its inception, has been used as a means of influencing people's consciousness. With its help, different goals were achieved. Knowledgeable people wisely approached the musical…

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Love in all its manifestations: five new albums of young indie rockers
Everyone has long known that rock and roll is dead. However, this guy has an amazing ability to be reborn into life, like a phoenix from the ashes. And he…

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Madonna's discography as a mirror of digital record evolution
Madonna's first albums coincided with the distribution of CDs on the market and her further work clearly shows how the priorities in record recording changed. Let us examine them in…

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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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