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Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphony No. 10 (Live)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, Op.29: Act 2  
1
Passacaglia (Live At Symphony Hall, Boston / 2015)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
8:11
Symphony No.10 In E Minor, Op.93  
2
I. Moderato (Live At Symphony Hall, Boston / 2015)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
25:39
3
II. Allegro (Live At Symphony Hall, Boston / 2015)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
4:22
4
III. Allegretto (Live At Symphony Hall, Boston / 2015)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
12:44
5
IV. Andante - Allegro (Live At Symphony Hall, Boston / 2015)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
13:54
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:50
Grammy Award - Best Orchestral Performance, 2016

"The performance is electric and the recorded sound among the finest I've ever heard ... the rich sounds of the BSO are captured with resounding resonance and impact: an audiophile's showpiece indeed."
- ClassicalCDReview.com

"Nelsons's performance is mighty, marked by a wonderful nose for atmosphere ... what makes Nelsons so lethally impressive here is the precision with which he addresses every accent ... be in no doubt that this is one of the finest performances that I have ever heard of this great piece (it must surely bid fair for 'best in catalogue') ..."
- Gramophone

"A stirring performance of the 10th Symphony ... (a) superb disc ... a triumphant performance and sound ... will certainly be a disc that is revered ... the strings are smooth, the low end is solid. The soundstage is vivid and I had the impression of listening live in Boston ... I haven't heard an orchestral CD sound this good in a long time. Kudos to the DGG recording team ... highly recommended ... a must have recording!"
- Audiophile Audition

Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony Orchestra earned a Grammy Award for this highly acclaimed live Shostakovich album, recorded in April 2015. The programme kicks off with the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk preceding the main event, the Symphony No. 10. This release is the first in a series of five live albums entitled Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow, encompassing the composer's works written from the mid 1930s, when Shostakovich fell from Stalin's favour, to 1953, the year of the dictator's death.

"I could not live without the music of Shostakovich. I’m sure it has something to do with having grown up in the Soviet Union and my connection to the conducting tradition there in St. Petersburg, his hometown, where I studied. But also I feel close to Shostakovich as a person, since he was naively shy rather like myself. I can’t entirely explain why I have such an intimate relationship with his music, but I feel like I know him, in a mystical way."
- Andris Nelsons
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Boston Symphony Orchestra Studio Masters

Recording: Boston, Symphony Hall, 4/2015
Executive producer: Ute Fesquet
Project manager: Anna-Lena Rodewald
Producer and engineer: Shawn Murphy
Recording engineer: Nick Squire
Assistant engineer: John Morin
Editing: Nick Squire, Robert Wolff, Tim Martyn
Mastering engineer: Tim Martyn, Phoenix Audio
Recording made using Bowers & Wilkins speakers

For the Boston Symphony Orchestra:
Andris Nelsons, music director
Mark Volpe, Anthony Fogg, Ray F. Wellbaum, Christopher W. Ruigomez, Marc Mandel
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Booklet editor: Manuela Amadei
Cover and artist photos © Marco Borggreve Portrait of Shostakovich © akg-images
Art direction: Merle Kersten
Design: Fred Münzmaier

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