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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The state orchestra of Tatarstan for the first time in history decided to record all DDS

…The whole of August in Kazan will be something happening literally irreparable. It attracts all the wonderful soloists, winners of competitions (including winners of the “Tchaikovsky”) — Lukas Geniušas, Dmitry Makeev, Alexander Buzlov, Pavel Milyukov, Alexander Ramm… their name is Legion. It would seem, why? Svetlanov Symphony orchestra of Tatarstan has begun a worldwide recording all of the symphonies and instrumental concerti of Shostakovich to his 110th birthday. Such weight had not raised even a single orchestra in Russia.

The state orchestra of Tatarstan on the recording of Shostakovich’s symphonies. Photo: press service of RT state orchestra

— I’m still under the impression of such a tart, juicy start of the Symphony, ” says the sound engineer of the entire project, engaged at the Mariinsky theatre, Vladimir Ryabenko, is important when all are one front, with one idea in a single space. And I’m impressed by the discipline and teamwork of the state orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan: people want to work, genuinely want to do everything at the highest level. Such a drive!

…The winners of the Competition. Tchaikovsky will come to Kazan to write the six concertos of Dmitry Dmitrievich; recording the 13th and 14th symphonies will be held with the participation of the soloist of the Bolshoi theatre Peter Migunova and Natalia Muradymova (the soloist of the musical theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko). Plus, of course, need a big choir, which was the team of Leo Kontorovich “masters of choral singing”.

To record all the concertos and the symphonies on “Melodies,” says chief conductor Alexander Sladkovsky is a task for us and reputation, and historical. And I’m glad to be immersed in this incredible journey of the beloved composer.

To this day no one of the Russian orchestras had not implemented records anthology full cycle of the symphonies and instrumental concerti of Shostakovich. And the fact that for these purposes was selected a regional team, says that in Kazan there is the orchestra, able to take on whole cycles of the scores of this level of complexity.

…The atmosphere on the stage — incredible and weird at the same time. Many orchestras in the closed season, August is the holiday month. And then there is almost no major work in Muzykantsky life; the more that play on the record much more nervous and tense than “shoot” at the concert. And many of the recorded works up until now were not included in the repertoire of the orchestra.

— Recently a band got a Grammy for the performance of the Tenth Symphony of Shostakovich, — says Vladimir Ryabenko, but I don’t even know for what we were given this “Grammy”? The orchestra plays procesando, but nothing. They’re just playing notes, no Dostoevsky did not read what our life was like — I don’t know. Honest, pure, together, but it’s not music. And here, in Kazan, every Tenth piece is impregnated with living life and meanings. Shostakovich loves, in this musical to exist, builds it. And suddenly the time is cut by some magical vzbryki and raves… and the band is feeling all these nuances. Reveal a little secret: without a conductor it is impossible.

And really — the RT state orchestra, together with Sladkovsky had to walk even a short time (five years), but very intense and concentrated way to break out of the orchestral elite of Russia. Now (until 7 September) they will take another line. Incredible, exhausting, but beautiful marathon, the reward for which — oblivion or eternity.

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