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Edward Artemiev — Invitation to Reminiscences
(Electroshock Records ELCD 057, 2010, CD)

by Pam Thompson, Published 2011-06-01

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At first you may think you’re listening to Vangelis, but synthesizer pioneer Edward Artiemiev’s music comes from a different place and sensibility: a subtle Russianness underlies much of his music, combined with an adventurous sense of the new and evolving. Nothing else sounds quite like what he composes, largely due to his musical training at Moscow Conservatoire, which gave him a solid foundation in classical composition; his additions of ethnic influences, rock, and electronic music all combine with that into a distinctive sound. Whether it’s music for stage, screen, or concert hall, Artemiev has the ability to create music that evokes imagery and emotion, whether it’s beautiful, industrial, or spacey. The music on Invitation to Reminiscences includes a mix of styles, providing an overview of what Artemiev accomplishes compositionally in both long and short formats (tracks range in length from 1:19 to 15:19). There’s a vibrant liveliness to his music that comes across even on the slower pieces. Whether acoustic or electronic, or a mix of the two, this is a very nice introduction to the wide range of Artemiev’s musical genius.


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