New CD Release on 28/01/2018: Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Sladkovsky: Shostakovich Symphonies

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The latest CD Box by the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor, Alexander Sladkovsky, showcases all 15 symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich. This ties into their previous year's successful recording of the complete concertos by Shostakovich which was likewise released under the Russian label, Melodiya.


On its first European tour in 2016, the Kazan (Russia)-based Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra wowed its audiences with a Russian program. Their expertise in Russian repertoire is also on exhibit with their latest recording of the symphonic works by Shostakovich under the baton of chief conductor, Alexander Sladkovsky. “Alexander Sladkovsky discovers more colours and more Tatar dance-like rhythms than other conductors”, Pizzicato claims in regards to the recording of the complete concertos. Shostakovich's oeuvre is a musical chronic of his era and the 15 symphonies have not only captured his own development: it seems as if the entire 20th century with its great discoveries, unprecedented advancements and terrible catastrophes – on both a political and personal level – lives and breathes within his scores.


Formed in 1996, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra is one of Russia's musical figureheads. The orchestra is based in the concert hall in Kazan which was built in 1996 and renovated and modified to fit modern standards in 2015. Since Taganrog (Southern Russia)-born Alexander Sladkovsky took over the reigns in 2010, the ensemble was able to further enhance its profile and celebrate great national as well as international success. Musical Life Magazine writes: “In Russia they speak of the 'Wonder of Kazan'. Under maestro Sladkovsky's baton, the orchestra has played its way to the musical top.” The orchestra has recorded Cds for Sony Classical and RCA Seal and its concerts are broadcast regularly by radio stations both at home and abroad.


About Alexander Sladkovsky and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra


The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra performs roughly 100 concerts per year. The concert hall that is named after the Tatar composer and conductor, Salih Saidashev, and designed by the architect, M. Agishey, consists of a large hall with a seating capacity of 700 and a chamber music hall that seats 70. The orchestra can regularly be heard in the major Russian cities and on international stages during extensive tours. Nazib Zhiganov, the former Chairman of the Composers Union of Tatarstan and Dean of the Kazan Conservatory, founded the ensemble. In 1966, he received official authorization from the USSR government authorities to establish an orchestra in Tatarstan. Their debut concert took place on the 10th of April, 1967, featuring works by Bach, Shostakovich and Prokofiev under the baton of former chief conductor, Natan Rakhlin.


The dynamic conductor, Alexander Sladkovsky, is considered the new “aristocrat” among Russian maestros. Since 2010, he has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra which has, under his direction, developed into one of the best orchestras in Russia. Alexander Sladkovsky is founder and artistic director of several different festivals in Kazan which he hosts together with the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra including the Rachmaninoff International Festival “White Lilac”, the open air Opera Festival “Kazan Autumn”, the “Denis Matsuev Meets Friends” Festival and the Gubaidulina Festival “Concordia”.


In October of 2013, Alexander Sladkovsky was invited by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct works by Rachmaninoff as part of the anniversary concerts for the composer. During the same season, Sladkovsky was re-invited for a number of concerts featuring a Tchaikovsky program. Moreover, his collaborations have included performances with the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonica Siciliana orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hanover, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchester von Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and the Concerto Budapest Orchestra.


Press Reviews of the 2016 European Tour:


“Hooliganism, unbridled passion is paradigmatic with the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra – and help to lend it an astonishingly strong stage presence.” (Basler Zeitung)


In the end, an indescribable cheering erupted from the audience as the guests chuck thundering and crashing folk dances from their Transural homeland as welcomed encores into the room.” (Kronenzeitung)


Orchestra and conductor scored “a triumphant success. One can only marvel at the high quality of the ensemble.” (Das Neue Volksblatt)

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