The Way To Olympus
USSR State Symphony, Timur Mynbaev
Yevgeny Smirnov, Tatiana Grindenko, Yelena Adjemova
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Kitaenko
Preludes To Sonnets
Anton Batagov (piano)
Concert Of The 13
Piotr Meschaninov (piano)
USSR State Symphony, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Divine Art DDA 25171 @ £13 plus P&P
Music Web “Music that is by turns riotously colourful, knowingly confrontational and profoundly moving.The Way to Olympus is singularly compelling… Gurian Hymn is an enthralling composition and one that deserves to be far better known. It is sublimely played and recorded… This fascinating disc provides a decent starting point for listeners keen to investigate the strangely diffuse but parallel worlds of a Russian composer whose oeuvre seems consistently unpredictable. , I would actually dare to suggest that the deeply impressive Gurian Hymn is well worth the disc’s asking price on its own.”
About the music ….
Vyacheslav Artyomov is considered by many to be Russia’s greatest living composer. After 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 continues with the magisterial symphony The Way to Olympus, chamber orchestral works and Preludes to Sonnets, Artyomov’s only solo piano work. Recorded at the height of achievement of the major Soviet orchestras, conducted by major figures including the universally acclaimed Rozhdestvensky.
Divine Art DDA25171