Russian National Orchestra
October 11, 2016

Divine Art: Artyomov and the RNO

Divine Art: Artyomov and the RNO

In November, the Russian National Orchestra's recording of two works by Vyacheslav Artyomov will be released by Divine Art Recordings Group.

Considered by many to be Russia’s greatest living composer, Artyomov is perhaps best known for his internationally acclaimed Requiem, dedicated to the “Martyrs of Long-Suffering Russia,” and for his tetralogy, Symphony of the Way, comprised of four symphonies.

Artyomov's work has received wide international acclaim. It is deep, ultimately spiritual and brilliantly crafted, with influences from the Russian symphonic tradition, colored by Mahler, Honegger and Messiaen to name a few – but melded into his own, unique voice.

The RNO recording with Divine Art includes Artyomov's Gentle Emanation, the third symphony in his tetralogy, along with Tristia II, a fantasy for piano and orchestra with poems and prayers by Nikolai Gogol. The pieces were conducted by Teodor Currentzis and Vladimir Ponkin, respectively, two of Russia's most sought after young composers. 

Divine Art is also releasing a second CD of Artyomov's music in November, featuring the second symphony in the Symphony of the Way tetralogy, On the Threshold of a Bright World, along with two other works, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.