Andris Nelsons, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig announce their Strauss Boxset
As part of the multidimensional artistic alliance established between his two world-class orchestras, visionary conductor Andris Nelsons has recorded all the major orchestral works of Richard Strauss with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is joined by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma in ‘Don Quixote’, while star pianist Yuja Wang appears with the Leipzig players in ‘Burleske’. The two orchestras join forces on the recording of the ‘Festliches Präludium’ for large orchestra and organ, made with organist Olivier Latry in Symphony Hall in November 2019 while the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig was on tour in Boston. Their 7-CD anthology is set to be issued by Deutsche Grammophon on 6 May 2022. The recordings will also be released digitally, and will be the first Strauss orchestral cycle available in the immersive Dolby Atmos format.
The ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ from Salome is released as an e-single today (14 January), with five further singles to follow, featuring performances by both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
“This joint Strauss project is very dear to my heart,” says Andris Nelsons. “Throughout the past few years, it has been a source of hope and comfort. The music of Richard Strauss means so much to me in its great emotional scope, its story-telling powers and significant influence on the development of classical music. I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to share it with our music communities in Boston and Leipzig and throughout the world. The collaborative efforts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester are a dream come true for me, and I will be forever thankful to my dear colleagues at both orchestras and at Deutsche Grammophon for all they have done to achieve this unique project. Our hope is that these recordings will bring much joy and inspiration.”