What is the secret of the fascinating power of music?
Music surrounds us everywhere. At the sound of a powerful orchestral crescendo, tears come to my eyes and goosebumps run down my back. The musical accompaniment enhances the artistic expressiveness…

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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…

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In the dark alleys: five new jazz albums
April is full of intoxicating spirit of renewal. And this happens every year. And, thank God, for over a hundred years at this time there are new jazz albums. April…

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HDtracks problem

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

A selection of online stores with hi-res music

The transition from MP3 to Hi-Res music with a quality higher than CD has not yet become a mainstream phenomenon. Companies like Sony would like this, some rock stars with Neil Young at the head and audiophiles, but for now Spotify wins. Nevertheless, there are quite a few people in the world who use high-end equipment and do not stop looking for new sources of high-quality digital music.

Every day more and more stereo receivers and even mobile phones equipped with powerful DACs appear, but finding music in Hi-Res audio format is still not easy. The problem is that there are not so many digital recordings with high sampling rates and large bit depths (above 24 bit / 48 kHz).
If we talk about streaming services with high sound quality, then, in fact, the only choice is Tidal (review, MQA test). This platform has its own quirks, but it allows streaming music in 24-bit / 96 kHz format. Continue reading

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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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…

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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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Classics for Dummies: Five New Bright Albums
It would seem that in the classics everything was played a long time ago. And the sound recording recorded all the great performances of all the great works. She is…

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