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Shostakovich: 'Under Stalin's Shadow' - Symphony No. 10 / Andris Nelsons, Boston SO

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op. 29
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first release in a complete Shostakovich cycle, recorded by Deutsche Grammophon with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its newly appointed director, Andris Nelsons. Nelsons is one of the last conductors of his generation who grew up in the Soviet musical tradition, having studied in St. Petersburg with Alexander Titov and Mariss Jansons. The first installment features Shostakovichs 10th Symphony and Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
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.

The Times, 31st July 2015
Nelsons excels at building momentum and paces [the first movement] masterfully...If that level of dramatic engagement isn't quite sustained, it's partly because the glamorous sound of the orchestra, caught live in Boston, sometimes contradicts Nelsons's own assertions about the piece...Put that to one side and this is thrilling music-making, already whetting the appetite for the next instalment.

Sunday Times, 16th August 2015
We shall never know whether the second movement is, indeed, a "portrait" of Stalin, but it undoubtedly is a depiction of tyranny in music, electrifyingly played here. The 10th is the main work of the BSO's first programme, and the recording certainly whets the appetite for the rest of the series.

The Guardian, 20th August 2015
Don't press play without checking the volume levels first: Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra begin their new Shostakovich series with the Passacaglia from the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and its first chord is genuinely cataclysmic...It at once recalibrates your ears and sets the tone for the ensuing performance of the 10th Symphony.

The Telegraph, 26/10/2015
Nelsons triumphs overwhelmingly, crafting the long first movement with a mix of probing strength and disquiet, and elsewhere combining whiplash rhythmic incisiveness with breadth of phrasing and a telling spectrum of dynamics. With the apocalyptic tragedy of the Lady Macbeth passacaglia, the cumulative effect of this disc is both profoundly moving and electrifying.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston (04/2015).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op. 29
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1953.
  • Running Time: 55 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953
  • Studio/Live: Live