Artyomov: In Memoriam, Lamentations, Pietà & Tris
Label: DIVINE ART
Format: COMPACT DISC
Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra; Mynbayev, Timur; Rudin, Alexander; Bunin, Stanislav; Yanchenko, Oleg; Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow State Philharmonic Society; Krysa, Oleh; Kitayenko, Dmitri; Annamamedov, Murad; USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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 is a mix of new recordings and former Melodiya releases. This is the eighth instalment, containing three orchestral works, with an over-arching sorrowful cast – remembering, like his Requiem, the suffering of the Russian peoples under Soviet rule (and for In Memoriam, a tribute to the composer’s mother), and all typifying Artyomov’s true genius as a truly individual composer who can make thoroughly modern music listenable and demanding further regular hearings. Three fine orchestras and conductors, and superb soloists, provide a rich and satisfying program of substantial modern orchestral music.