January 5, 2022
Naxos Records has announced a release date of February 11 for Leonard Slatkin’s latest recording, Slatkin Conducts Slatkin. The album features works written by generations of Slatkin’s musical family, beginning with three of his own compositions: Endgames, a whimsical concertino grosso for woodwind ensemble and strings played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; The Raven, narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin and performed by the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra; and Kinah, an elegy to his parents, Felix Slatkin and Eleanor Aller, celebrated studio musicians and members of the Hollywood String Quartet. It also includes a piece by his son, Daniel Slatkin, a rising star in the world of film music; three short works arranged by his father; as well as first-release recordings made by his mother on cello and his father on violin. Digital bonus tracks consist of his wife Cindy McTee’s arrangement of Shenandoah featuring world-renowned flutists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway; his brother, cellist Fred Zlotkin, performing Ravel; and a piece written by his ancestor Modest Altschuler, founder of the Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York.