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Artyomov: A Sonata of Meditations, A Garland of Recitations & Totem / Various

Release Date: 01/18/2019 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25174  
Composer:  Vyacheslav Artyomov
Performer:  Anatoly LiubimovVladimir PakulichevLev MikhailovValeri Popov
Conductor:  Virko Baley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble
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. Since the fall of the Soviet regime his music has travelled the world to great acclaim. It 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 is a mix of new recordings and former Melodiya releases. It continues with the 7th album containing two works for percussion ensemble and one orchestral – all typifying Artymov’s true genius as a truly individual composer who can make thoroughly modern music listenable and demanding further regular hearings. Mark Pekarsky leads Read more the first percussion ensemble established in Russia and still the foremost group in that country. Russian-American conductor Virko Baley directs the superb Moscow Philharmonic. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata razmïshleniya by Vyacheslav Artyomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble
Girlyanda rechitatsiy by Vyacheslav Artyomov
Performer:  Anatoly Liubimov (Oboe), Vladimir Pakulichev (Flute), Lev Mikhailov (Alto Saxophone),
Valeri Popov (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Virko Baley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble
Totem by Vyacheslav Artyomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble

Customer Reviews

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 Masterful percussion writing September 11, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Vyacheslav Artyomov has developed his own musical language. It isn't so much about scales and chords as it is timbres and sound clouds. In other words, the perfect aesthetic for percussion ensembles. This release features two works commissioned by the Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble, performed by that ensemble. The earliest work, Totem is a marvelous study in instrumental potential. The work begins with swirling clouds of sound that coalesces into a rhythmic section before dissolving into another ethereal cloud. Arytomov uses 69 instruments, creating interesting combinations of wood, metal, leather. In A Sonata of Meditiations (1978) Artyomov adds another dimension to his mix of tonal and indefinite pitch percussion. Each of the four movements -- or meditations -- add a player. So the first movement has one performer, the second, two and so on. What I admired was how diverse the collection of sounds Artyomov uses even with just a single player. A Garland of Recitations is a study in contrasts. Composed in conjunction with Meditations, it uses four performers in an entirely different fashion. Strings provide a continual, slowly evolving sound cloud. Four wind instruments -- oboe, clarinet, saxophone, flute -- each perform individually over this swirling sound. Atryomov pushes the wind instruments to their limits -- and it pays off. The stark contrast between the energy and intensity of the soloists with the self-effacing string sound creates a work of exceptional beauty. These recordings were originally issued on Melodyia in the early 1990s. There's a slight softness to the sound, but overall I heard an exceptional amount of detail. And hearing that fine detail is essential to fully appreciate these performances. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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