Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s second Deutsche Grammophon recording of Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow—featuring live recordings of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 9 at Boston’s Symphony Hall – won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance last night (February 12, 2017) at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.
"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.” – Boston Symphony Orchestra Ray and Maria Stata Music Director Andris Nelsons
The awarded album, released internationally on May 27, 2016, is Mr. Nelsons and BSO’s second recording released under the Deutsche Grammophon label, and also marks their second consecutive win for the Shostakovich cycle in the Best Orchestral Performance category, following last year’s award for the recording of Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady MacBeth Of the Mtsensk District.
Andris Nelsons recipient of two 2016 Gramophone Awards (13 Sep 2016)
Andris Nelsons is honoured to be recipient of two Gramophone Awards this year: in the Best Orchestral category for his recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the Deutsche Grammophon label, and in the Best Contemporary category for his recording of Hans Abrahamsen’s “let me tell you”, featuring Barbara Hannigan and the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the Winter&Winter label. The 2016 awards ceremony will take place on September 15th in London.
Andris Nelsons withdraws from Bayreuth Festival (30 Jun 2016)
With utmost respect to the Bayreuth Festival's management and staff, director and his team, assistant conductors, cast, orchestra and chorus, Andris Nelsons has asked the Festival's management for rescission of his contract for this Summer’s production of Parsifal.
Owing to a differing approach in various matters, the atmosphere at this year’s Bayreuth Festival did not develop in a mutually comfortable way for all parties. With regret, the Bayreuth Festival agrees to Andris Nelsons’ request.
Andris Nelsons is deeply sorry to be sharing this news with his Friends, Supporters and Colleagues and hopes very much for understanding and sends his warmest wishes to all.
Andris Nelsons and Deutsche Grammophon announce exclusive relationship (19 May 2016)
The announcement, made in Berlin on 19 May 2016, represents a major milestone in Andris Nelsons’ recording career and prepares the way for three landmark projects. Earlier this month, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and DG announced that their Grammy Award-winning Shostakovich project with Nelsons had paved the way for an extension to the yellow label’s ongoing series of live Shostakovich recordings, which will now encompass the composer’s complete symphonies and his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Advanced discussions are underway between Deutsche Grammophon, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig about a collaboration that will shed new light on the symphonies of Bruckner, redefining Bruckner’s very distinctive soundworld. In addition, Nelsons will record Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Wiener Philharmoniker through calendar year 2016-2019 and he returns to perform the complete Beethoven cycle in 2020, the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
“I am absolutely delighted to be substantially partnering with Deutsche Grammophon,” comments Andris Nelsons. “Deutsche Grammophon’s commitment to our Shostakovich cycle in Boston and the tradition, expertise, and excellence they bring to each recording has been so important to me. I look forward to be partnering with Deutsche Grammophon, welcoming them into my musical family with the two extraordinary musical institutions of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Furthermore, I am so honoured to be invited to perform and record a Beethoven cycle with the Wiener Philharmoniker. These revelatory works by the genius composers of Shostakovich, Bruckner and Beethoven will be the focus for my upcoming recordings with three of the world’s greatest orchestras. I could not be happier – it is both a dream and an honour.”
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra have recently concluded an acclaimed European tour. Nelsons will next appear in Leipzig on May 26 and 27, 2016 and June 2 and 3, 2016 with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 forming one of the programmes. He will also return to the Wiener Philharmoniker on March 18, 19, 21 and 23, 2017 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” on the programme.
Andris Nelsons and BSO announce Shostakovich cycle extension with Deutsche Grammophon to all 15 Symphonies and release second installment of Shostakovich "Under Stalin’s Shadow" (2 May 2016)
Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon have expanded their award-winning Shostakovich recording partnership by extending their original agreement, which focused primarily on Shostakovich Symphonies 5-10 (works composed during the period of Shostakovich’s difficult relationship with Stalin and the Soviet regime, mid-1930s to 1953), to include live recordings of the composer’s entire canon of 15 symphonies, plus the masterpiece opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
In addition to the news about the contract extension, Andris Nelsons, BSO and Deutsche Grammophon announce the worldwide release on May 27 of the second installment of their series “Under Stalin’s Shadow”. The new two-disc set will feature Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, as well as incidental music to Hamlet; these works were recorded live during the BSO’s 2015-16 season.
Pre-orders of the album are now available through www.bso.org and Amazon; iTunes will begin pre-orders on Tuesday, May 3.
“Speaking on behalf of all of us at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it is a great pleasure to announce the extension of our contract with Deutsche Grammophon, furthering a rich and rewarding partnership, especially now as we continue to celebrate our 2016 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for our first release in the series, Symphony No. 10,” said Andris Nelsons, BSO Music Director. “It is my strong belief that the journey we are all making together with Shostakovich’s invaluable music is extremely exciting and that we are truly capturing the genius of his extraordinary work – conveying true emotional depth and at the same time expressing the cultural subtext that his works reveal. We all remain truly grateful to Deutsche Grammophon for its ongoing commitment to the highest technical recording standards and simply to the immense value of Shostakovich as one of the greatest composers of the classical music canon. We hope our recordings, especially the upcoming release of Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, will provide our incredibly loyal audiences new levels of inspiration and also insight into his genius.”
Andris Nelsons will become Artist-in-Residence of the Konzerthaus Dortmund (29 Apr 2016)
Andris Nelsons has been announced as the next Artist-in-Residence of the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Starting in the 2016/17 season, Nelsons will be bringing his close orchestra partners to perform in Dortmund’s extraordinary state of the art concert hall.
Performance highlights in the first season include a concert with the Gewandhausorchester in June 2017, as well as concerts with Vienna Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Andris Nelsons is looking forward to bringing his close orchestra partners to Dortmund and sharing unique performances and musical moments with the warm audience of the Konzerthaus Dortmund.
Please find more details on the Konzerthaus Dortmund website
Andris Nelsons in Leipzig (22 Mar 2016)
Andris Nelsons is very excited to return to the Gewandhausorchester in May/June 2016, conducting two different programmes, with works by Stravinsky and Bruckner - as well as bringing the Boston Symphony Orchestra for their anticipated Leipzig debut on tour. In the 2016/17 season, as designated Gewandhauskapellmeister, Andris Nelsons and the orchestra present a focused "preview" month including three subscription weeks in May 2017. Andris is also honoured to conduct the orchestra's prestigious Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the "Silvesterkonzerte" . See here for more details: www.gewandhausorchester.de
Andris is truly looking forward to seeing you in Leipzig!
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra announce 2016-17 season (10 Mar 2016)
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) have announced landmark 2016-17 season including a major new appointment to their leadership roster, and 14 Andris Nelsons-led programs of wide-ranging breadth - showcasing three choral masterpieces, a full concert opera presentation, and premieres by young American composers and major figures of our time - along with an international roster of leading conductors, vocalists, and instrumentalists, and an array of symphonic works, including a continuation of the Grammy award-winning Shostakovich recording and performance cycle with Deutsche Grammophon.
The BSO and Andris Nelsons have announced the appointment of English composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès as the orchestra's first-ever Artistic Partner for a three-year period starting in the fall of 2016.
"I feel a great sense of excitement and anticipation about next season's Boston Symphony Orchestra programs, which I think stand out as something quite special, quite extraordinary," said BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. "To start, it is so thrilling to celebrate a new chapter in the BSO's remarkable history with the appointment of Thomas Adès as the BSO's first-ever Artistic Partner, and we all truly look forward to warmly welcoming him as a treasured member of the BSO family."
"In addition to the Thomas Adès appointment, I am so looking forward to Bach's B Minor Mass, the masterpiece requiems of Brahms and Mozart, the concert opera presentation of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, the continuation of our Grammy award-winning Shostakovich project with Deutsche Grammophon, new and recent works by geniuses of the past and present, and a lineup of guest artists far too long and impressive to single out any one individual without feeling the need to mention them all. Together, all these elements and more create an atmosphere of music-making that deeply inspires the orchestra and me to do our very best to give our loyal and passionate audiences performances that will bring inspiration and uplift into their lives. It will be wonderful to share the many outstanding programs of the 2016-17 season with all of those who love the incredible Boston Symphony Orchestra."
Please click here for the full BSO press release.
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to embark on tour to Europe, May 3-12, 2016 (7 Mar 2016)
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra will return to Europe for a 9-concert, 8-city European tour, May 3-12, to include stops in major musical cities in Austria, Germany, and Luxembourg, following their highly acclaimed first tour to Europe together this past August-September. The tour will feature Nelsons and the BSO in performances at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper (5/3), Essen’s Philharmonie (5/4), Leipzig’s Gewandhaus (5/5), Dresden’s Frauenkirche (5/6), Munich’s Gasteig Philharmonie (5/8), Vienna’s Musikverein (5/9&10), Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle (5/11), and Luxembourg’s Philharmonie (5/12). The tour marks the orchestra’s debut performances in Leipzig, Dresden, and Luxembourg, as well as the BSO’s first returns to Frankfurt since September 1991, Vienna and Munich since March 1998, and Essen and Hamburg since August 2007.
Renowned soprano Kristine Opolais will join the tour for concerts in Essen, Munich and Vienna, performing the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Rachmaninoff’s Zdes’ khorosho (How fair this place). These three concerts will also feature Mr. Nelsons leading the BSO in Shostakovich’s Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet, Debussy’s La Mer, and Ravel’s La Valse. In Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden, Vienna, Hamburg, and Luxembourg, Nelsons and the orchestra will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, which Mr. Nelsons conducted in his BSO debut in 2011 at Carnegie Hall. The Dresden performance will also feature acclaimed cellist Jan Vogler in Bruch’s Kol Nidrei.
In connection with the upcoming BSO tour, Nelsons and the BSO will release a new CD on Deutsche Grammophon, which will be exclusively offered to concertgoers at tour venues in Germany and Austria, prior to the international release on May 27. This new double-length album features Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, and 9, along with the incidental music from Hamlet, and it comes on the heels of the BSO’s and Mr. Nelsons’ recent Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. It is the second in a series of three releases under the moniker Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow, with a special focus on the music Shostakovich composed during the years of his difficult relationship with Joseph Stalin and the Soviet regime. The third and last installment, also a double-length album, will feature Shostakovich’s Sixth and Seventh Symphonies and is scheduled for release in summer 2017.
“As we embark on our second tour together to Europe, it is an honor for me to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its first-ever performances in the extremely cultured cities of Leipzig, Dresden, and Luxembourg, and in its long-awaited return to Frankfurt, Essen, Hamburg, Munich and particularly to the extraordinary Musikverein in Vienna,” said BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.
“With performances of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony—the first piece I ever conducted with the BSO that started me on the wonderful journey of where I am today —and the compelling Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, with the exceptional artistry of Kristine Opolais—as well as works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Ravel—the repertoire, with which the BSO have such a strong tradition, chosen for this tour is sure to give the fantastic audiences of these great musical capitals a glimpse into the BSO’s unique spectrum of musical gifts that inspire all of us that know and love the orchestra.”
Please see the press release by the BSO here.
Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony Orchestra win Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Recording (15 Feb 2016)
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first Deutsche Grammophon recording Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow—featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance tonight (February 15, 2016) at the 58th annual Grammy Awards.
“On behalf of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the engineering and production team involved in the project, it is an extraordinary honor for me to accept the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for our Deutsche Grammophon recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, recorded live in the glorious acoustical space of Boston’s remarkable Symphony Hall,” said BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.
“There is no doubt that this prestigious Grammy Award shines a spotlight on my exceptional Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians, who so powerfully convey both the exquisite music and great depth of emotion stemming from Stalin’s Soviet Union in our recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony. This incredibly gratifying acknowledgement of our work together truly provides a new level of inspiration for us as we continue to move forward with our Shostakovich project alongside our wonderful partner, the equally exceptional, Deutsche Grammophon. We hope this recording will give the BSO’s devoted patrons and classical music fans around the world a sense of our commitment to this transcendent music from which so much can be taken.”
The awarded album, released on July 31, 2015 and recorded live in April 2015 in Boston Symphony Hall, is Mr. Nelsons and BSO’s first recording released under the Deutsche Grammophon label. As part of this Shostakovich cycle, Symphony Nos. 5, 8, and 9, as well as incidental music to Hamlet will be released in a 2-album set in late April 2016.