Ave atque vale (Hail and Farewell), initially conceived as a solo percussion piece, was recast as a work for solo percussion and orchestra. It dates from 1997, and is in nine continuous episodes, with a total length of 12:15. At first, the percussion is used for color more than for rhythm, and the overall mood is tense and confrontational. The title is associated with Catullus, usually, but I don’t know if this was what Artyomov had in mind. According to the booklet note, “Artyomov is concerned with the gradual coming-together of disparate elements—personified in the various solo instruments.” It’s a good workout for the percussionist—something Evelyn Glennie would sink her teeth into (al¬though Shatayevsky is just fine)—and, as sound, it’s interesting, although I do not get a strong sense of direction from this music.
RT @RobFokkens Luis Tinoco's programme on my chamber music broadcast on Portuguese classical music station Antena 2 is available here: rtp.pt/play/p285/geo… The programme's archive is well worth an explore! @ComposersEd @cardiffunimusic @DivineArtRecord
RT @heather_roche On last night's #LateJunction, there was some @fantasticdrfox on the ol' contrabass clarinet. honkhonk. honkhonkhonk. honk. (And lots of other good stuff as well!) bbc.co.uk/programmes… @BBCRadio3