Shostakovich Under Stalinís Shadow: Symphonies 6 & 7
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat No: 4836728
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 22nd February 2019
WorksFestive Overture, op.96
King Lear: incidental music, op.58a
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.54
Symphony no.7 in C major, op.60 'Leningrad'
ArtistsBoston Symphony Orchestra
In this latest volume of their cycle, conductor and orchestra turn their attention to two symphonies written in the shadow or World War II: the formally innovative No.6, premiered in November 1939, and No.7, most of which was composed in Leningrad in the autumn of 1941, at the beginning of the siege that would cost over a million people their lives. The incidental music that Shostakovich wrote between the two symphonies for a 1941 production of Shakespeare's King Lear and the 1947 Festive Overture conveying "the mood of those who survived the difficult trials of the war years" are also included in this set.
After the "scandalously successful" (Sunday Times) Symphony no.10 in 2015, "the sheer expressive beauty" (Gramophone Magazine) of Symphonies 5, 8 & 9 from 2016 and the "overbearing vividness" (The Guardian) of the most recent Symphonies 4 & 11, Nelsons and the BSO contiue the acclaimed cycle with the Symphonies 6 & 7, complemented by two other works by Shostakovich, the Suite from the Inicidental Music to "King Lear" op.58a and the Festive Overture op.96.
Andris Nelsons is the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the new Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. With both appointments, and in leading a pioneering alliance between these two esteemed institutions, he is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned, exciting and innovative conductors on the international scene today.
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