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In their inaugural release on Deutsche Grammophon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Andris Nelsons are heard in live performances of Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from his opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk."
This disc is the first in a series of five live-performance CDs entitled "Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow," to encompass the composer's symphonies 5-10 and other works written in the period from the mid-1930s, when Shostakovich fell from Stalin's favor, to 1953, the year of the dictator's death. The goal of this new BSO/DG partnership is a complete Shostakovich cycle led by Andris Nelsons, one of today's most exciting young conductors, and among the last of his generation to train under the Soviet musical tradition.
Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, plus Shostakovich's incidental music to "Hamlet," will be recorded during the BSO's 2015-16 season and released in a two-CD set in 2016. In summer 2017, a second two-disc set will include Symphonies 6 and 7 and incidental music from the composer's Suite from "King Lear."
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, Op.29
1. Passacaglia (8:11)
Symphony No.10 In E Minor, Op.93
2. 1. Moderato (25:39)
3. 2. Allegro (4:22)
4. 3. Allegretto (12:44)
5. 4. Andante - Allegro (13:54)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons
Total Playing Time 1:04:50
Special thanks to Lloyd Axelrod, M.D. for his support of the Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow recording project.