dda 25143
cd image




The foremost composer living in Russia today, Artyomov is producing works in the grand symphonic and post-Romantic traditions, unquestionably masterpieces of the modern age. The 'Threshold' symphony, part of his tetralogy 'Symphony of the Way' is typically underpinned by his deep spirituality but is universal and cosmic in scope. 'Ave Atque Vale' is another major work - for percussion and orchestra, while 'Ave, Crux Alba' is a far more traditional (and very beautiful) choral piece.

A companion CD contains the symphony 'Gentle Emanation' and 'Tristia II' for piano and orchestra (DDA 25144)



AUDIO SAMPLE: On the Threshold of a New World (extract)

dealer release date: November 18, 2016





itunes link

CD program:
Symphony -'On the Threshold of a Bright World'
Ave Atque Vale
Rostislav Shataevsky, percussion
Ave, Crux Alba
Helikon Theater Choir

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Impressively annotated, impeccably produced, neatly packaged.. The music in both these CD's and the composer deserve wider exposure outside Russia. Artyomov's music is mystical, Russian at the core. He is a master of orchestral writing and of unusual instrumentation. Many of his melodies have their roots in old Slavonic chant. A most unusual talent whose day has yet to come insofar as the American concert-going audience is concerned.” - Rafael de Acha (Rafael Music Notes)

“Vyacheslav Artyomov is a distinctive and important voice in Russian music. These impressive symphonies are like momentous journeys, full of incident and emotion and the most wonderful ideas. The performances are all that you could wish for making these two discs valuable releases.” - Bruce Reader (The Classical Reviewer)

“From the brilliant musical mind of Russian composer Vyacheslav Artyomov comes another volume of orchestral works very stirringly performed. Artyomov is a major figure on the Russian new music scene, with an explosively modern pallet of mystical, mysterioso universes of sound, a basic sensibility that goes back to Scriabin and Messiaen but then carries it forward to today with true originality. Artyomov is a voice for today, ultra-modern, futuristic and vibrant in its consistent aural brilliance.” – Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music)

“Vyacheslav Artyomov is best known for his six cosmic-mystical-syncretic symphonies, which together make up one of the most distinctive continuations to the post-Soviet Russian branch of the genre. Two of those symphonies make welcome appearances here in characterful performances, vividly recorded. There is an unmistakable sense of a journey travelled and of emotional states transfigured into spirit. All the performances here are terrific and Robert Matthew-Walker's booklet-notes argue at passionate length for Artyomov's uniqueness and importance.” - David Fanning (Gramophone) – joint review with dda 25144

“[The Symphony] is an engaging work that makes a considerable impact. Predominantly underpinned by low, resonant sound from the basses and organ, one senses the work is depicting the aspects of the universe. Ave atque vale is a gratifying work that can engage the listener with reasonable concentration. Ave Crux Alba is weighty and highly dramatic. Under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia has full measure of the work conveying a sense of mystery and an impressive overall grasp. This album of works by Vyacheslav Artyomov, one of Russia's unsung composers, make a substantial impression with his unique soundworld.” - Michael Cookson (MusicWeb)

“World premiere recordings of two major works by Russian composer Vyacheslav Artyomov, completed by the short transcription of the Maltese Hymn in excellent performances conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. The expressive music is good for an interesting discovery." (award 4/5 stars) – Norbert Tischer (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)

“These two symphonies (parts of a tetralogy) are unlike The Planets , unless you think of them as uber-Holst: they cause a visceral reaction and suggest a metaphysical cri de coeur … they embody mystery and the unknown. They are both accessible, and while Artyomov is often compared to Arvo Pärt, I hear a little more of Rautavaara.” - Vanessa Wells (The Whole Note) – joint review with dda 25144

“The Symphony On the Threshold of a Bright World is in 18 continuous episodes, separately tracked. A surreal and even psychedelic ambience is the order of the day. It is like a Dali dreamscape in constant and meltingly waxy motion. There is some glorious writing. The short Ave, Crux Alba - The Order of Malta Hymn - is sensationally grand and strides - never struts. It makes a huge sound accentuated by a lively acoustic. The sound is good and carries the whispers and grand climactics with satisfying fidelity. There is certainly plenty to intrigue and enthral.” – Rob Barnett (MusicWeb)
“This on a macro [scale] , it making the listener think of the vastness of space. Both [symphonies] are monumental in ambition, and in sound, making any review a little trite. Both CDs certainly make an impression. The sleeve notes explain some of what's going on but Vyacheslav Artyomov demands (in all senses of the word) the listener to make an effort. It's compulsive listening. They're both out on Divine Art, which lives up to its mission statement (“Innovative, Eclectic, Fascinating, Inspirational”) with these CDs.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle) – joint review with dda 25144

"The Russian composer writes in a range of styles, from the straightforward and neo­classical to atmospheric and aggressively modern. This stylistic cosmopolitanism is a strength that keeps the music afloat, even through a couple of hours. I must admit that I'd never heard of Artyomov before getting these records, but I certainly find myself wanting to hear more!” - George Adams (American Record Guide – joint review with dda 25144)

“Artyomov's writing becomes increasingly beautiful. The closing minutes of the symphony are very moving. Ave atque vale [is] a good workout for the percussionist. Ave, Crux Alba is the most immediately impressive work. Artyomov has created a strong and noble melody for the chorus, and dressed it in splendid orchestral garb. In concert, this would get a standing ovation. The chorus is solid as a rock. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia is a world-class ensemble.” – Raymond Tuttle (Fanfare)