Artyomov: On the Threshold of a Bright World

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Catalogue No: DDA 25143
EAN/UPC: 809730514325
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Release Date: November 2016
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 51:54

The foremost composer living in Russia today, Artyomov is producing works in the grand symphonic and post-Romantic traditions, unquestionably masterpieces of the modern age. The ‘Threshold’ symphony, part of his tetralogy ‘Symphony of the Way’ is typically underpinned by his deep spirituality but is universal and cosmic in scope. ‘Ave Atque Vale’ is another major work – for percussion and orchestra, while ‘Ave, Crux Alba’ is a far more traditional (and very beautiful) choral piece.

A companion CD contains the symphony ‘Gentle Emanation’ and ‘Tristia II’ for piano and orchestra (DDA 25144).

Track Listing

    Vyacheslav Artyomov:

  1. I. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 1 (1:57)
  2. II. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 2 (2:34)
  3. III. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 3 (1:56)
  4. IV. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 4 (1:59)
  5. V. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 5 (2:21)
  6. VI. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 6 (1:28)
  7. VII. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 7 (2:44)
  8. VIII. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 8 (2:26)
  9. IX. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 9 (1:26)
  10. X. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 10 (1:34)
  11. XI. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 11 (1:54)
  12. XII. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 12 (3:09)
  13. XIII. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 13 (1:58)
  14. XIV. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 14 (0:59)
  15. XV. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 15 (1:44)
  16. XVI. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 16 (2:37)
  17. XVII. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 17 (2:15)
  18. XVIII. On the Threshold of a Bright World − Episode 18 (1:24)
  19. I. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 1 (1:20)
  20. II. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 2 (1:06)
  21. III. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 3 (1:11)
  22. IV. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 4 (2:03)
  23. V. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 5 (1:19)
  24. VI. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 6 (1:41)
  25. VII. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 7 (1:10)
  26. VIII. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 8 (1:26)
  27. IX. Ave Atque Vale − Episode 9 (0:57)
  28. Ave, Crux Alba (3:06)

Reviews

Fanfare

Artyomov’s writing becomes increasingly beautiful. The closing minutes of the symphony are very moving. Ave atque vale [is] a good workout for the percussionist. Ave, Crux Alba is the most immediately impressive work. Artyomov has created a strong and noble melody for the chorus, and dressed it in splendid orchestral garb. In concert, this would get a standing ovation. The chorus is solid as a rock. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia is a world-class ensemble.

” —Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare

What does it sound like? Overall, it reminds me of an unlikely synthesis of Scriabin and Berg, and at times it also reminds me a little of film music (Jerry Goldsmith, maybe?) because of the music’s literally episodic structure and micro-structure (a gesture here, a contrasting gesture here, as if a movement were being illustrated). Sometimes we seem to be hearing the soundtrack to an invisible movie.

” —Raymond Tuttle
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music

From the brilliant musical mind of Russian composer Vyacheslav Artyomov comes another volume of orchestral works very stirringly performed. Artyomov is a major figure on the Russian new music scene, with an explosively modern pallet of mystical, mysterioso universes of sound, a basic sensibility that goes back to Scriabin and Messiaen but then carries it forward to today with true originality. Artyomov is a voice for today, ultra-modern, futuristic and vibrant in its consistent aural brilliance.

” —Grego Edwards
American Record Guide

The Russian composer writes in a range of styles, from the straightforward and neo­classical to atmospheric and aggressively modern. This stylistic cosmopolitanism is a strength that keeps the music afloat, even through a couple of hours. I must admit that I’d never heard of Artyomov before getting these records, but I certainly find myself wanting to hear more! – George Adams

” —George Adams
The Chronicle

“This is on a macro [scale] , making the listener think of the vastness of space. Both[symphonies] are monumental in ambition, and in sound, making any review a little trite. Both CDs certainly make an impression. The sleeve notes explain some of what’s going on but Vyacheslav Artyomov demands (in all senses of the word) the listener to make an effort. It’s compulsive listening. They’re both out on Divine Art, which lives up to its mission statement (“Innovative, Eclectic, Fascinating, Inspirational”) with these CDs.”

” —Jeremy Condliffe
MusicWeb

“[The Symphony] is an engaging work that makes a considerable impact. Predominantly underpinned by low, resonant sound from the basses and organ, one senses the work is depicting the aspects of the universe. Ave atque vale is a gratifying work that can engage the listener with reasonable concentration. Ave Crux Alba is weighty and highly dramatic. Under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia has full measure of the work conveying a sense of mystery and an impressive overall grasp. This album of works by Vyacheslav Artyomov, one of Russia’s unsung composers, make a substantial impression with his unique soundworld.”

” —Michael Cookson
Gramophone

“Vyacheslav Artyomov is best known for his six cosmic-mystical-syncretic symphonies, which together make up one of the most distinctive continuations to the post-Soviet Russian branch of the genre. Two of those symphonies make welcome appearances here in characterful performances, vividly recorded. There is an unmistakable sense of a journey travelled and of emotional states transfigured into spirit. All the performances here are terrific and Robert Matthew-Walker’s booklet-notes argue at passionate length for Artyomov’s uniqueness and importance.”

” —David Fanning
The Whole Note

“These two symphonies (parts of a tetralogy) are unlike The Planets, unless you think of them as uber-Holst: they cause a visceral reaction and suggest a metaphysical cri de coeur… they embody mystery and the unknown. They are both accessible, and while Artyomov is often compared to Arvo Pärt, I hear a little more of Rautavaara.”

” —Vanessa Wells
The Classical Reviewer

“Vyacheslav Artyomov is a distinctive and important voice in Russian music. These impressive symphonies are like momentous journeys, full of incident and emotion and the most wonderful ideas. The performances are all that you could wish for making these two discs valuable releases.”

” —Bruce Reader
MusicWeb

“The Symphony On the Threshold of a Bright World is in 18 continuous episodes, separately tracked. A surreal and even psychedelic ambience is the order of the day. It is like a Dali dreamscape in constant and meltingly waxy motion. There is some glorious writing. The short Ave, Crux Alba – The Order of Malta Hymn – is sensationally grand and strides – never struts. It makes a huge sound accentuated by a lively acoustic. The sound is good and carries the whispers and grand climactics with satisfying fidelity. There is certainly plenty to intrigue and enthral.”

” —Rob Barnett