Romance of romance: new recordings of classical music
Let's talk about modern music. What is generally considered modern: everything that is not called "classics", or works of modern composers, written according to strict academic standards, or maybe just…

Continue reading →

Spring, love, dance: four new jazz albums
For some mysterious reason, Russian jazz albums come out in waves. And it is clear that domestic labels (there are two, four in total?) Have no collusion, just as there…

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…

Continue reading →

music

Musical anhedonia, or not everyone loves music

The sides of both unmanned spacecraft with the same name “Voyager” (eng. Voyager), launched in 1977, are attached identical round aluminum boxes with gold-plated disks, on which images are applied. The purpose of the Voyager mission is to present us to possible aliens and show the diversity of living beings and the culture of planet Earth.

“The spacecraft will turn on the phonogram if it encounters advanced civilizations in interstellar space. The moment of reproduction of this “bottle” in the cosmic ocean will become a very exciting and encouraging message about life on our planet, ”Karl Sagan was sure. Continue reading

Remarkably Serious: An Interview with Spanish Brass Quintet Carlos Beneto Grau

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

Conditional Bach: Four New Academic Music Albums

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. 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…

...

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…

...

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…

...

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.…

...