In the UK, the re-release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road in early autumn led the national hit parade. And now, interest in this chic box with a bunch of additional material has not dried up. Why is this fact not pleasing to me?
Omniscient statistics attest: this happened 49 years 252 days after the record came down from first place. “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds on after all these years,” Paul McCartney tweeted. The Beatles broke their own record: the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “break between the first places in the British charts was 49 years 125 days. Continue reading
Grog is a European winter drink. Hot and invigorating. And he rhymes with baroque. Baroque music can also be winter – energetic, driving, or, on the contrary, peaceful and cozy. The autumn finale pleased with baroque discoveries. Forgotten Baroque composers, the favorites of Louis XIV, as well as the ubiquitous Bach in interesting arrangements.
Kati Debretzeni (violin), The English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner. JS Bach: Violin Concertos Sir John Eliot Gardiner is the father of British authenticity. Recently, he performed at the Moscow “Zaryadye” – and this was a real event, a milestone. Continue reading
They say: they don’t argue about tastes. But to be honest – I never understood the meaning of this expression. How can you argue about tastes? “My taste is tastier”? “There is a taste! – No taste! Well, bring ten proofs of the existence of taste! “Taste, like the Lord God, is a transcendental entity!” Some kind of nonsense, verbiage … And if someone says that he hates this or that musician, and I, for example, love him very much, then there is no reason to argue at all. You – love, I – no, and love is inexplicable thing, and if explainable, then this is not love at all, but marriage of convenience, with all due respect. Continue reading
Famous among lovers of contemporary author jazz, the group “Living People” (or Live People) is already releasing its fourth studio album of copyright material. Team leader, pianist and composer Natalya Skvortsova told stereo.ru about how her wonderful team has developed and how they manage to emerge playing original music – fresh and innovative. Which, although quite complicated rhythmically and harmoniously, is charged with drive and bright emotions. Continue reading
A rich instrument, practically an entire orchestra. This is about the piano. Seven octaves – what chords you want to build. But sometimes even one crystal-tinkling note in silence is enough to say everything. Probably, all composers in all genres wrote for the piano. And who did not manage to write for this instrument for historical reasons – like Bach, for example – that exists in transcriptions. Our selection contains new and archival recordings, from Bach to contemporary composers, from romance to Polish avant-garde, British postmodern and Soviet “philharmonic jazz”. Continue reading