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Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 - Suite From "Hamlet" (Live)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

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Symphony No.9 In E Flat Major, Op.70  
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1. Allegro (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
5:23
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2. Moderato (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
8:08
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3. Presto - attacca: (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
2:53
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4. Largo - attacca: (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
3:34
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5. Allegretto (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
6:43
Symphony No.5 In D Minor, Op.47  
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1. Moderato (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
16:35
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2. Allegretto (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
5:36
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3. Largo (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
15:25
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4. Allegro non troppo (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
12:26
Suite From Hamlet, Op.32a  
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1. Introduction And Night Patrol (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
2:45
11
2. Funeral March (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
1:32
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3. Flourish And Dance Music (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
2:22
13
4. The Hunt (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
1:58
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9. Ophelia's Song (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
1:31
15
10. Cradle Song (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
1:24
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11. Requiem (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
2:40
Symphony No.8 In C Minor, Op.65  
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1. Adagio (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
26:44
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2. Allegretto (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
6:32
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3. Allegro non troppo (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
6:38
20
4. Largo (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
10:34
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5. Allegretto (Live)
Dmitri Shostakovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
16:12
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:37:35
Grammy Award - Best Orchestral Performance, 2016
Grammy Award nomination - Best Engineered Album, Classical, 2016

"... a pretty good (Shostakovich) starter kit ... also includes an example of another Shostakovich specialty, writing for films and plays ... played with insight and panache ..."
- NPR

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons earned a Grammy Award in 2015 for their first volume in this Shostakovich series, entitled Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow. The five album set focuses on works composed during the period of Shostakovich’s difficult relationship with Stalin and the Soviet regime. This installment includes the popular, pre-war Fifth Symphony, the darkly compelling mid-war Eighth Symphony and the elusive, post-victory Symphony No. 9, plus excerpts from Shostakovich's incidental music for a farcical 1932 Moscow production of Hamlet. These performances were recorded in late 2015 and early 2016 at Boston's Symphony Hall, one of the world’s most renowned venues for acoustic excellence.

"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

Recordings: Boston, Symphony Hall, 10/2015 (Symphony No. 9); 11/2015 (Symphony No. 5); 2/2016 (Suite from “Hamlet”); 3/2016 (Symphony No. 8)
Executive producer: Sid McLauchlan
Project manager: Anna-Lena Rodewald
Producer and engineer: Shawn Murphy
Recording engineer: Nick Squire
Assistant engineers: Joel Watts, John Morin
Editing: Nick Squire, Robert Wolff, Tim Martyn
Production assistants: Silas Brown, Brian Losch
Mastering engineer: Tim Martyn, Phoenix Audio
Recordings 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. All rights reserved

Booklet editor: Manuela Amadei
Cover and artist photos © Marco Borggreve
Portrait of Shostakovich © akg-images / Universal Images Group / Sovfoto Design: Fred Münzmaier

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