A place in the sun: five albums with a non-trivial interpretation of jazz and classics
The American Kronos Quartet, one of the most famous chamber groups, released an album with new works by Terry Riley, one of the fathers of American minimalism. Nothing special: they…

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The secret of the brilliant Stradivarius violins
The place and exact date of birth of the well-known Italian violinist-master Antonio Stradivari is not exactly established. The presumptive years of his life are from 1644 to 1737. 1666,…

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The secret of the brilliant Stradivarius violins
The place and exact date of birth of the well-known Italian violinist-master Antonio Stradivari is not exactly established. The presumptive years of his life are from 1644 to 1737. 1666,…

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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. How else? A brave conductor and innovator, he once hit the world with his readings of baroque music. Yes, and now does not slow down. He wrote a voluminous study of Bach’s work “Music in the City of Heaven” (it was recently published in Russian, but in such a scanty circulation that you can’t buy it anywhere in Moscow). What only Bach Gardiner did not play! Now here are the piano concerts and concerts for violin. The soloist is Romanian-born violinist Katie Debreceni, also an important person in this party. Cool juicy sound, drive – sparks fly. All emotions! Bach’s violin concerts are a must for violinists, and Debreceni played them hundreds of times with different compositions. But she claims that even now she found something new in them. Not only violin works, but also interesting arrangements of Bach’s “major hits”. For example, the famous Second Piano Concerto in D Minor, an introductory theme from the intro of which everyone knows. Here this concert is arranged for violin. Like the First Concerto in E Major. Debreceni chose them herself, substantiating that the themes appeared in Bach cantatas, and the English Baroque Soloists specialized in Bach cantatas as well. How can I play the violin that was supposed to be played on the harpsichord? .. That’s it. And very cool! Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerAlexandre Tharaud “Versailles” A wonderful thin French pianist Alexander Tarot is known for his interpretations of French modernists – Ravel and so on. He played the 20th century, including Gershwin. A few years ago, Tarot recorded all the piano works of Eric Sati. Now he has taken up a somewhat more distant repertoire. The Versailles album includes plays written by composers who performed at the court of Kings Louis the Fourteenth, Louis the Fifteenth and Louis the Sixteenth. This is, firstly, the famous Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. In their company are the lesser-known (or even completely archival) Jacques Dufly, Jean-Henri Dungelbert, Claude Balbaster, Joseph-Nicola-Pancras Royer and several others. No, it’s decisive: baroque – the music is endless! The plays are all on selection — hit, bright and varied. The same Dufly, who lived in the XVIII century, Tarot sounds like a romantic … or the forerunner of romance! And Royet – well, it’s just as if the beginning of the 20th century — is someone between Debussy and Rachmaninoff. I don’t know what the Tarot did on my own, but it turned out great anyway, a kind of “translation” from the harpsichord language to the piano language. Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerVilde Frang & Mikhail Lifits “Paganini & Schubert: Works for Violin & Piano »Here I am biased: I love Wilde Frang! I was lucky enough to see her at one festival before her high point. Although it was clear: the star was born. The 33-year-old native of Norway traditionally burns, as they say. Whatever she plays is a brilliant technique and a storm of feelings. So here – good, the music of Paganini and Schubert contributes to this. Drive Paganini she sounds a little more romantic, and a romantic self-deepened Schubert – a little more masterly.

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