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Astraea: Artyomov, Gubaidulina & Suslin | Metier MSV28595

Astraea: Artyomov, Gubaidulina & Suslin

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Label: Metier

Cat No: MSV28595

Barcode: 0809730859526

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 10th January 2020

Contents

Artists

Sofia Gubaidulina
Vyacheslav Artyomov
Viktor Suslin
Miles Anderson (trombone)

Works

Multiple composers

Archipelagos of Sounds in the Ocean of Time
Death Valley
Dolcissimo

Artists

Sofia Gubaidulina
Vyacheslav Artyomov
Viktor Suslin
Miles Anderson (trombone)

About

Three leading Russian composers (Gubaidulina, Artyomov and Suslin) formed the Astraea ensemble in 1975 to research and perform music for eastern and Transcaucasian folk and traditional instruments (wind, strings and percussion).

After performing works by each of the members, the group decided to abandon notation and perform freely improvised and spontaneous pieces. This, their sole album, was originally issued in Russia only and now receives its global premiere.

The three members of Astraea play on the first two tracks: instruments include the duduk, salamuri, tar, kiamancha, chonguri, kanon, mandolin, and various types of drums and bells. The third piece, Death Valley, which is quasi-electronic, is also an improvisation, with a very small amount of set arrangement. It was made with the participation of leading American trombonist Miles Anderson, and is based on the text of a German love poem found in the diary of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

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