CD of the Month for August 2015

andris2The Shostakovich Project:

This recording marks the first installment 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 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The core of which – Symphonies Nos. 5-10 – is scheduled for recording and release over the next two years. On this first CD, we hear the following: Shostakovich:

Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons conducting. Andris Nelsons has had a long journey with Shostakovich. He is one of the last conductors of his generation who still grew up in the Russian musical tradition ever since he started his training as a conductor. Nelsons studied in St Petersburg with Alexander Titov and also with Mariss Jansons. His new orchestra has had a great tradition in performing many of Shostakovich’s works in America for the first time. Gramophone Magazine, August 2015, wrote: “Powerful and beautifully crafted, this recording – the first from the relationship between DG and the Boston Symphony under Nelsons – is a hugely impressive sign of just what this ensemble/maestro partnership may go on to achieve.”

Here is the Boston Symphony Orchestra with an excerpt from the Shostakovich Symphony No. 10:  

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Tags: Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Shostakovich, Symphony #10