Shostakovich Online Exhibit

ShostakovichShostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow 
Online Exhibit: An archival companion to the BSO/DG recordings
In 2015 the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon announced a new recording partnership. The first project, entitled Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow, focuses on works composed during the period of Shostakovich's difficult relationship with Stalin and the Soviet regime - starting with his fall from favor in the mid-1930s and the composition and highly acclaimed premiere of his fifth Symphony, through the premiere of the composer's Tenth Symphony, purportedly written as a response to Stalin's death in 1953.

hostakovich Symphonies 4 and 11 (Symphonies 4 and 11 ("The Year 1905") Two-Disc Set

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ShostakovichA 2-Disc Set:
Shostakovich Symphonies 5, 8, 9 

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 and "Passacaglia" 
Interlude from Act II of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

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ShostakovichFor Future Release:
Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7
(release date TBA)

Special thanks to Lloyd Axelrod, M.D. for his support of the Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow recording project.

Web Exhibit
Shostakovich's symphonies have figured in the BSO's repertoire on frequent occasions since the BSO's initial performances of the composer's Symphony No. 1 in November 1935. The online exhibit features a selection of documents preserved in the BSO Archives that pertain to early BSO performances of each of the works being recorded by the BSO and DGG. For each work a link is provided that enables you to explore the BSO's entire performance history of that work in HENRY (the BSO's performance history search engine). In addition, relevant concert reviews, photographs, program notes, audio and visual files, and other documents can be accessed. As an adjunct, materials relating to the 1959 visit to Boston by a delegation of Soviet composers led by Shostakovich is included. 

Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakoivch during his 1959 visit to Boston
Photograph by Arthur Burkhard
Dmitri Shostakovich (b. 1906 - d. 1975)
Russian born BSO violinist Victor Manusevitch (1944-1970) converses with Dmitri Shostakovich at Symphony Hall, November 1959.
Photograph by Ed Fitzgerald


Andris Nelsons on Dmitri Shostakovich and His Music

Andris Nelsons Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons recently sat down with Harlow Robinson at Symphony Hall to talk about the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, in connection with the recordings of the Shostakovich symphonies that the BSO releasing in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon under the series title "Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow."

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Symphony No. 10 and "Passacaglia" 
Interlude from Act II of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

ShostakovichSymphony No. 10
The first Boston Symphony performance of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony was given on Friday, October 19th, 1962 with a subsequent performance on Saturday, October 20th, 1962. Both performances were conducted by Erich Leinsdorf at Symphony Hall.

Symphony No. 10 Online Exhibit >>>


ShostakovichLady Macbeth of Mtsensk
The Orchestra Suite from Shostakovich's opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, was first performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall on Thursday, January 4th, 1996 as part of the One Hundred and Fifteenth Season.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Online Exhibit >>>




Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, 9

ShostakovichSymphony No. 5
View Program Notes and various reviews of the 1939 and 1940 performances of the Symphony; photographs of Richard Burgin, Serge Koussevitzky, and the Orchestra from approximately the same time period; and photographs and documents pertaining to the 1975 announcement of Shostakovich's death at Tanglewood.

Symphony No. 5 Online Exhibit >>>


ShostakovichSymphony No. 8
The BSO's first performances of Symphony No. 8 took place at Symphony Hall on April 21 and 22, 1944, with Serge Koussevitzky conducting. View program notes, read reviews of early BSO performance, explore the BSO's performance history, and listen to an excerpt

Symphony No. 8 Online Exhibit >>>


ShostakovichSymphony No. 9
Under the leadership of Music Director, Serge Koussevitzky, the BSO gave the American premiere of the Ninth Symphony on July 25, 1946 at Tanglewood. Two weeks later, on August 10, 1946, Koussevitzky and the BSO repeated the Ninth, at which time the work received its American radio broadcast premiere.

Symphony No. 9 Online Exhibit >>>




Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

ShostakovichSymphony No. 6 - Coming Soon!
The first performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 in Boston occurred on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st, 1942 at Symphony Hall. 


ShostakovichSymphony No. 7- Coming Soon!
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 had its Western Hemisphere premiere at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on August 14th, 1942 as part of the Gala Benefit for Russian War Relief to raise funds for Russian War Relief, Inc. and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation.




1959 Soviet Composer Visit- Coming Soon!

ShostakovichIn November and December of 1959, Dmitri Shostakovich led a delegation of five Soviet composers to several major cities in the United States, including Boston. In addition to Shostakovich, the delegation was composed of Dmitri Kabalevsky, Tikhon Krennikov, Fikret Amirov, Konstantin Dankevich, and Boris Yarustovsky, a musicologist.