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Artyomov: Star Wind & Other Works / Various

Release Date: 03/15/2019 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25176  
Composer:  Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov
Performer:  Alexander RudinAnatoly SheludyakovKonstantin EfimovAlexander Suvorov,   ... 
Conductor:  Murad Annamamedov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alikhanova String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vyacheslav Artyomov is considered by many to be Russia’s greatest living composer. His music is deep, ultimately spiritual and brilliantly crafted, with influences from the Russian symphonic tradition colored by Mahler, Scriabin, Honegger and Messiaen to name a few – but melded into a unique voice. The Divine Art Artyomov Retrospective (which to date has received wonderful reviews internationally) is a mix of new recordings and former Melodiya releases. This is the ninth instalment, which comprises six works for varying chamber ensembles, and while embodying the composer’s overall wide ranging compositional style, spirituality and mysticism, these pieces express this in a more intimate, lyrical style than his massive symphonic works. Read more ‘Scenes’ was originally written as a ballet score for a film, but as the movie was banned by the Soviet authorities and never shown, the work now stands in its own right as a balletic suite. Read less

Works on This Recording

Star Wind by Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov
Performer:  Alexander Rudin (Cello), Anatoly Sheludyakov (Piano), Konstantin Efimov (Flute),
Alexander Suvorov (Glockenspiel), Andrey Kuznetsov (Horn), Mikhail Tsinman (Violin)
Conductor:  Murad Annamamedov
Variations: Nestling Antsali by Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov
Performer:  Alexander Korneyev (Flute), Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov (Piano)
Moonlight Dreams by Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov
Performer:  Nelly Lee (Soprano), Alexander Golyshev (Alto Flute), Vladimir Tonkha (Cello),
Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Romantic Capriccio by Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov
Performer:  Yuri Smirnov (Piano), Igor Makarov (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alikhanova String Quartet
Mattinate (Morning Songs) by Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov
Performer:  Vladimir Pakulichev (Flute), Iana Besiadinskaya (Soprano), Zarius Shikhmurzayeva (Violin),
Nikolay Komolyatov (Guitar)
Scenes (Grand Pas) by Vyacheslav Petrovich Artyomov
Performer:  Valeriy Polivanov (Percussion), Anatoly Sheludiakov (Piano), Nikolai Gorbunov (Double Bass),
Mikhail Tsinman (Violin), Igor Abramov (Clarinet), Alexander Suvorov (Percussion)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Ethereal and spiritual February 11, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This reissue from Divine Arts brings together several short chamber works by Vyacheslav Artyomov. Each work has its own unique combination of instruments, and (in a way) its own aesthetic. The opening track, Star Wind, is a 1981 sextet featuring violin, cello, flute, French horn, piano, and glockenspiel. To me, it sounds like a very early work. Artyomov's mature style involves sculpting forms out of shifting sound clouds. To me, this work sounded as if it were written in a dodecaphonic style, with all the rigor that implies. Nestling Antasali for flute and piano features the composer at the keyboard. His presence makes the performance an authoritative one. This set of theme and variations begins in strict 12-tone style. As it progresses, though, the form seems to loosen and expand. For me, it seemed as if Artyomov was transitioning into his mature style with this work. Moonlight Dreams for soprano, alto flute, cello, and piano sets English translations of 17th Century Chinese poems. There is a dreamlike quality in the sustained, slow-moving harmonies. Although atonal, the music seemed looser and less mathematical than that of Star Wind. The Romantic Capriccio, for French horn, piano and string quartet dates from 1976 was written in tribute to Jean Sibelius. It's one of the most tonal works I've heard by Artyomov and contains passages of real beauty (especially for the horn). Morning Songs is an interesting work for violin, flute, guitar, with a soprano singing behind a curtain. It casts the singer as a ghost or echo -- shading, but not affecting the instrumental trio. The earliest work on the album is Scenes (Grand Pas). Written in 1971, for a ballet sequence, it's a jaunty little number full of rhythm and attitude. It reminded me a little of Alfred Schnittke -- in spirit, that is. Some of these pieces hint at what Artyomov would become, and some show roads not taken. Thus, I wouldn't recommend "Star Wind" as an introduction to the composer. Best to start with one of his orchestral releases. But if you -- like me -- love Artyomov's music, this release is a must-have." Report Abuse
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