Shostakovich Symphonies 4 and 11
We are excited to offer this latest installment in Andris Nelsons and the BSO's complete Shostakovich symphony cycle on Deutsche Grammophon, a two-disc set, newly released this summer, pairing live performances of the composer's symphonies 4 and 11 ("The Year 1905").
Each of these works has a unique political backdrop: the premiere of the gargantuan Fourth was delayed a quarter-century due to Soviet authoritarianism, and the dramatic Eleventh was written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The previous releases by Maestro Nelsons and the BSO - symphonies 5, 8, 9, and 10 - won the 2016 and 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Performance.
Special thanks to Lloyd Axelrod, M.D. for his support of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Shostakovich recording project.
|Symphonies 4 and 11 ("The Year 1905") Two-Disc Set|
|2-Disc Set: Shostakovich Symphonies 5, 8, 9|
| Symphony No. 10 and "Passacaglia"
Interlude from Act II of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
SHOSTAKOVICH: UNDER STALINS 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.
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.