The «Isle of the Dead» by Serge Rachmaninoff and «Manfred» Symphony by Pyotr Tchaikovsky are included into the new album which is released by Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Red Seal. The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (TNSO) under their Artistic Leader and Chief Conductor Alexander Sladkovsky made the recording in their native city of Kazan (Capital of the Republic of Tatarstan). It is the second time collaboration between Sony Music Entertainment and the TNSO.Just as previous release of the Orchestra the «Enlightenment» was done under famous «b-sharp» studio (Berlin) and its founder, winner of Grammy, ECHO Classic and Diapason D’Or awards, Sound Producer Philipp Nedel.
«Enlightenment» is truly one of a kind creative project. For the first time in history of Russian recording industry,these 2 epoch-making musical pieces, charismatic examples of Russian symphonic music, captivating in their grandeur and mysticism – The «Isle of the Dead» by Serge Rachmaninoff and «Manfred» Symphony by Pyotr Tchaikovsky – are included in the same musical album. Both pieces are so complicated in both technical performance and philosophical idea, that only a few orchestras and conductors in the world would ever dare to combine them in the same concert, let alone recording. Traditionally, for every classical musician the recording has been and remains as the way to write their names in history. Both «Manfred» Symphony and «The Isle of the Dead» often considered as sort of a test that verifies professional standard of any orchestra, and is a real decisive moment for the conductor. Both musical compositions require virtuoso technique, as well as profound understanding of the composer’s fundamental ideas, expressiveness and decisiveness of the conductor’s interpretation.
«Manfred» Symphony and «The Isle of the Dead» are so full of dramatic intensity and power that they surround listeners with the wonderful world of emotional experience that ranges from loneliness to unity, from hatred to compassion, from despair to hope, from convictions to belief, from oblivion to the enlightenment.
Alexander Sladkovsky explains his interpretation of «Manfred» Symphony and «The Isle of the Dead» : «The spirit itself «creates» you, it forms your being, teaches how to overcome the fear of inescapable. All the power of music reminds you of temptations and mysticism that accompanies a human who is able to see the signs that destiny gives him throughout the whole life and till death».
The TNSO was founded in 1966 and its history is directly associated with the great conductor Nathan Rakhlin. Now it’s widely acclaimed as one of the top orchestras in Russia. All the soloists who visit Kazan by maestro Sladkovsky’s invitation speak favorably of the «Kazan miracle» after the concerts.In January, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra held presentation of CDs with the «Anthology of Music by Composers of the Republic of Tatarstan» in the city of Kazan,released by Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Red Seal.
The recording of Russian classical music is yet another charismatic project of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra.
The number of copies: 3000
Presentation to be held on May 26 2013 in the Grand Concert Hall n/a S. Saydashev (city of Kazan).
Tchaikovsky The Manfred Symphony in B minor, op. 58 (1885)
- Lento lugubre
- Vivace con spirito
- Andante con moto
- Allegro con fuoco
Rachmaninoff The Isle of the Dead symphonic poem, ор. 29 (1908 - 1909)
Stravinsky The The Rite of Spring
Introduction by Leonid Tolchinsky
Alexander Sladkovsky Conductor