The BSO and Andris Nelsons' Win 2016 Grammy
The BSO and Andris Nelsons' Win 2016 Grammy Award
Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris
Nelsons' Win 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, for
Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies 5, 8, and
9, on the Deutsche Grammophon Label
Music Director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's latest Deutsche Grammophon recording, Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow-featuring Shostakovich's Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, as well as incidental music from Hamlet-won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.
This marks the second consecutive
year in which the BSO has garnered a Grammy Award for Best
Orchestral Performance. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's recording
of Shostakovich's Symphonies 5, 8, and 9-released in May 2016-is
part of an ambitious collaboration between the BSO, Andris Nelsons,
and Deutsche Grammophon to record Dmitri Shostakovich's entire
canon of 15 symphonies, plus the composer's masterpiece opera,
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This year's Grammy award follows
upon the success of the first live recorded album of the BSO/DG
collaboration-Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphony
No. 10, also featuring the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of
Mtsensk-which won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral
Performance at the 58th annual Grammy Awards in February 2016. The
Boston Symphony now holds a total of 9 Grammy Awards.
Andris Nelsons, Ray and Maria Stata BSO music director:
"All of us at the Boston Symphony Orchestra are incredibly honored, thrilled, and grateful to win the 2016 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for our recording of Shostakovich's Symphonies 5, 8, and 9. This prestigious recognition from The Recording Academy, along with last year's Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for Symphony No. 10, is particularly gratifying as it acknowledges the tremendous commitment of everyone on the team - our exceptional BSO musicians, engineers, and the dedicated staff at the BSO and Deutsche Grammophon, who all believe so deeply in conveying the magnificent and complex beauty of Shostakovich's music, which so powerfully communicates such great depth of emotion. We hope these live concert recordings continue to inspire both the orchestra's loyal fans and welcome newcomers to the BSO to discover the incredibly transcendent qualities of Shostakovich's music, performed by these world-class musicians in the astounding acoustics of Symphony Hall. The great pride we feel in winning this second Grammy award is certain to serve as an inspiration as we move forward with our Shostakovich project with our wonderful partner, Deutsche Grammophon."
Dr. Clemens Trautmann, President,
"It is a very rare occasion that an album is nominated for both its artistic and its sonic qualities. And we are thoroughly grateful and excited to actually receive a Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance, particularly after last year's win for the first installment of our Shostakovich project. This underlines Andris Nelsons' and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's commitment to the highest quality standards - an aspiration that DG has shared with the BSO since the outset of our collaboration half a century ago. For each recording project DG attempts to find the ideal constellation of musicians, producers and engineers. We could not have hoped for a better team to revivify the oeuvre of Shostakovich whose music is more contemporary and moving than ever in the precarious state of our cultural and political affairs across the globe."
Mr. Frank Briegmann, President &
CEO UNIVERSAL MUSIC Central Europe and Deutsche
"Congratulations to Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on this amazing success. They have created a modern, direct and powerfully emotional interpretation of Shostakovich's middle symphonies which is going to last far beyond this Grammy night. The recording documents a great moment in symphonic music and sets new standards in terms of quality and artistry. The Deutsche Grammophon and Universal Music teams are delighted for the artists about this fantastic success."
|Shostakovich Symphonies 5, 8, 9|
| Symphony No. 10 and
Interlude from Act II of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk