Divine Art launches series for top Russian composer

In 2017 Divine Art released two discs containing music by Vyacheslav Artyomov, regarded by many as the foremost composer in Russia today. His orchestral and chamber works display a totally individual voice yet informed and inspired by such as Mahler, Scriabin and Messiaen, and also imbued with a deep sense of spirituality – and a searching for a better world. Following the success and critical acclaim for these two albums, Divine Art has obtained rights from Melodiya in Russia and from the composer’s archive to release a series of seven albums of Artyomov’s music, which will be released over the next 12 months (in CD and digital formats); the recordings were made at various times over the last 20 years and are to be remastered for the new issue – yet hardly any of them were available previously in the West.

Artyomov’s works have been nominated for many prizes in Russia and the USA; several books have been written about him and his music has been commissioned and premiered by some of the biggest names in Russian music including the composer’s good friend Mstislav Rostropovich, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev and many more.

The existing albums (catalog numbers dda 25143 and dda 25144) each include one Symphony from Artyomov’s epic cycle ‘Symphony of the Way’ – and the other two are in the forthcoming releases.

Series details

I               Divine Art DDA 25164 to be released on 20 April 2018
Sola Fide (Only by Faith) – Suites 3 and 4 from the Ballet
Solo singers / Kaunas State Choir / Oleg Yanchenko (organ) / Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitri Kitaenko
NB: This ballet uses music extracted from the composer’s Requiem (see below) hence the vocal and choral parts.
Tempo Costante – Concerto for orchestra
Moscow Chamber Orchestra ‘Musica Viva’ conducted by Murad Annamamedov

II             Divine Art DDA 25171 to be released on 15 June 2018
Symphony – The Way to Olympus (part of the Symphony of the Way cycle)
USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by T. Minbayev
Gurian Hymn
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitri Kitaenko
Preludes to Sonnets
Anton Bagatov (piano)
Concert of the 13
Mykola Suk (piano), USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Virko Baley

Following titles –  provisional programs – not all artist details to hand yet
III            Divine Art DDA 25172
A Symphony of Elegies

IV            Divine Art DDA 25173
Tristia I
In Memoriam

V             Divine Art DDA 25174
A Sonata of Meditations
A Garland of Recitations

VI            Divine Art DDA 25175
Star Wind
Moonlight Dreams
Romantic Capriccio

VII          Divine Art DDA 25176