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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Why music is no longer recorded as before?
When old music lovers complain about songs nominated for a Grammy this year, there is a reason. The time has come for the annual Grammy Award, and, as always, the…

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Tremendous frequency power
Hard rock sucks energy not only from a person, but also, for example, from geraniums. Ever since Luther Burbank, it has been known that music and sounds can influence vegetation.…

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Minor by Shostakovich

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

Camera obscura: four new albums with classics

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

Sound Genesis and Music Carrier: Ummagma Group Unveils Maps
Summarizing the sound quality of the audio system, our listeners are often forced to guess and speculate what the artist “actually wanted to say” on a particular phonogram. Today we…

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Mozart effect
Listening to Mozart's music enhances our brain activity. After listening to Mozart, people responding to the standard IQ test demonstrate an increase in intelligence. This phenomenon discovered by some scientists…

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Brain "under the jazz"
When jazz musicians improvise, areas that are responsible for self-censorship and inhibition of nerve impulses are turned off in their brain, and instead, areas that open the way for self-expression…

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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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