Shostakovich Symphonies 5, 8, 9

[Shostakovich 5-8-9]

A 2-Disc Set Arriving This Spring: Shostakovich Symphonies 5, 8, 9 
For their second release on Deutsche Grammophon-following upon their Grammy-winning recording of the Symphony No. 10-Andris Nelsons and the BSO are heard in live performances of Dmitri Shostakovich's popular, pre-war Fifth Symphony, the darkly compelling mid-war Eighth, and the elusive, post-victory Symphony No. 9, plus excerpts from Shostakovich's incidental music for a farcical 1932 Moscow production of "Hamlet."

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



ShostakovichA 2-Disc Set Coming This Spring: 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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Online Exhibit: An archival companion to the BSO/DG recordings

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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.

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.