Shostakovich under Stalinís Shadow | Deutsche Grammophon 4795059

Shostakovich under Stalinís Shadow


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4795059

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st July 2015



Boston Symphony Orchestra


Andris Nelsons


Shostakovich, Dmitri

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
» Passacaglia
Symphony no.10 in E minor, op.93


Boston Symphony Orchestra


Andris Nelsons


This recording marks the first instalment of a long-term collaboration with one of the most exciting young conductors of our time: Andris Nelsons, the newly appointed Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The goal of this massive undertaking is a complete Shostakovich cycle on Deutsche Grammophon with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the core of which - Symphonies Nos 5-10 - is scheduled for recording and release over the next two years.

Andris Nelsons has had a long journey with Shostakovich. He studied in St Petersburg with Alexander Titov and also with Mariss Jansons. His new orchestra has had a great tradition in performing many of Shostakovichís works in America for the first time.

The theme of the first album, with Shostakovich's 10th Symphony and Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth, is a reflection on Shostakovich and Stalin. Lady Macbeth was the piece which brought criticism of his work and the radical change of style, whereas Symphony No.10 is from the year Stalin died: the long arc of censorship of Shostakovich until Stalin's death, and the composer's response to this.


Nelsonsís performance is mighty, marked by a wonderful nose for atmosphere and a way of making space for the succession of desolate wind solos Ė first clarinet, later bassoons and piccolos. ... The inexorability of this beautifully proportioned, arch-like first movement is judged to perfection. ... Be in no doubt that this is one of the finest performances that I have ever heard of this great piece (it must surely bid fair for Ďbest in catalogueí) and to say that it augurs well for Nelsonsís future with the Boston Symphony is an understatement and then some.  Edward Seckerson
Gramophone August 2015
Gramophone Editor's Choice Gramophone Award Winner

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