Music & Vision's monthly column -
KEITH BRAMICH writes:
Alexander Sapozhnikov is director of the Moscow-based Cyberprofit
electronic music publishers , creators of a new portal for classical
music. Based initially on Russian performers and resources, DiscoverClassics
is planned as a high quality and reliable international portal for classical
music recordings and related products and services.
The site provides downloads, its own streaming RealAudio radio station,
information about featured composers and artists, and virtual masterclasses.
All these have been done before, of course, but maybe this new Russian mix
will be a success? Sapozhnikov and friends are keen to forge partnerships
in other countries to help them develop and promote the site internationally
-- maybe you can help?
Have a look -- the first pass of the site is up and running. Young Russian
organist Anastasia Sidelnikova is the current featured performer, and DiscoverClassics
radio is playing ...
When Canadian pianist Peter Elyakim Taussig lost the ability to play
with his right hand due to carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, he began
using acoustic pianos controlled via MIDI from a computer to allow him to
sculpt realistic sounding performances.
Bach's Art of Fugue sounds crystal clear, with voices separated
in a way that couldn't be achieved by a human performer without computer
Taussig's CDs are reasonably priced, and you can hear samples in MP3
or Real Audio online.
Siberia-born composer Alexander Feht now lives in the USA. His new CD
Demon comprises shorter pieces in a traditional style for voice and
piano, and you'll find sound samples and free track downloads available
at amazon.com and vitaminic.com -- follow the link from Feht's
main page. From the evidence of these samples, this is an interesting CD
containing good performances of rather beautiful songs.
Gordon is currently on holiday, but both he and I will be back next month
with more online music.
Copyright © 6 August 2001 Keith Bramich,
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