Artyomov - Symphony ‘On the Threshold of a Bright World’, Ave Atque Vale, Ave Crux Alba | Divine Art DDA25143

Artyomov - Symphony ‘On the Threshold of a Bright World’, Ave Atque Vale, Ave Crux Alba

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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA25143

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Rostislav Shatayevsky (percussion)
Helikon Theatre Choir, Moscow
National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia

Conductor

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Works

Artyomov, Vyacheslav

Ave, Crux Alba: Hymn of the Order of St John, Malta
Ave Atque Vale for percussion and orchestra
On the Threshold of a Bright World: Symphony in 18 continuous episodes

Artists

Rostislav Shatayevsky (percussion)
Helikon Theatre Choir, Moscow
National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia

Conductor

Vladimir Ashkenazy

About

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 coloured by Mahler, Honegger and Messiaen to name a few – but melded into a unique voice. This is one of a pair of related albums and contains a Symphony which is the second of his gigantic symphonic tetralogy “Symphony of the Way”, commissioned by Mstislav Rostropovich to whose memory the disc is dedicated.

The symphony is accompanied by another major work, Ave Atque Vale for percussion and orchestra, and the much more traditional Ave, Crux Alba – a setting of the Hymn of the Knights of Malta. The conductor, Ashkenazy, needs no introduction, being one of the most lauded and accomplished figures in music today. Overall, this is a disc of high importance in the symphonic repertoire (world premiere recordings).

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