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How to play the violin: basic techniques of the game
New post on how to play the violin. Earlier you became acquainted with the device of the violin and its acoustic features, but today the focus is on the violin…

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Composers-Writers
Many prominent composers possessed an extraordinary literary gift. In their literary heritage: musical journalism and criticism, musicology, musical and aesthetic works, reviews, articles and much more. Often, musical geniuses were…

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1/2 Orchestra: “Sound engineers, take the winds right, learn to record them”
At one of Schiit's technology presentations, I included a couple of tracks of the 1/2 Orchestra Moscow breaststroke I had long known to me, and those present were surprised at…

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I can’t say goodbye: rock classic is popular again, but it’s not happy

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

Warm Baroque Tube: New Classical Records

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

Canned food and clones, or Where is the new classic

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

Natalia Skvortsova, “Living People”: “The most interesting thing in jazz is happening now!”

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

Black and White: New Piano Classics

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

Woodwind: Some History
Woodwind instruments are the oldest along with a drum and some other percussion instruments. On many pastoral plots, pictures of antiquity, you can see all kinds of pipes and pipes,…

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50 years of sound over silence: “Edition of modern music” by ECM Records
Once upon a time, in a distant galaxy on the island of Lindau, on Bodensee, the boy Manfred was born. A few light years passed, and he realized that there…

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Velvet voice contralto. What is the main secret of his popularity
Contralto is one of the brightest female voices. Its velvety low sound is often compared to a cello. This voice is quite rare in nature, so it is very appreciated…

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Anna Netrebko
Anna was born on September 18, 1971 in Krasnodar in a family of hereditary Cossacks and people of “serious” professions: her mother is an engineer, her father is a hydrologist.…

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