This recording provides a kaleidoscope of Shostakovich’s struggle with historical events and political pressures. The pre-war eclectic but accessible and popular 5th, in which he would seem to bow to political pressure, ensured his temporary rehabilitation.
Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, Op.29 / Act 2 – Passacaglia / Symphony No. 10
'Under Stalin's Shadow' - This recording marks the first instalment of a long-term collaboration with one of the most exciting young conductors of our time: Andris Nelsons the newly appointed Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. *2016 Gramophone Magazine Award-Winning Album.
This release presents two rich piano concertos played by the unparalleled Stephen Hough, accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony. Schumann and Dvorak each wrote just one piano concerto, the latter being performed here in its fearsomely challenging original version. This recording also marks the Hyperion debut of conductor Andris Nelsons.
A riveting recording of Abrahamsen's 'let me tell you' featuring Barbara Hannigan, soprano; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Andris Nelsons, conductor. *2016 Gramophone Magazine Award Winning Album.
Whether on the concert or operatic podium, conductor Andris Nelsons remains a master when it comes to the heightening of dramatic intensity. Here, with the CBSO once again on superb form, this march assumes a timeless historic stature.
Recorded live in Boston Symphony Hall, this album is the first to feature BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestras in Wagner's Overture to "Tannhäuser" and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43.
With its restrained melancholy and mystical ambience, a concert performance does not diminish the impact of the title heroine and her moving fate. On the contrary, when Kristine Opolais sings Angelica – one of our most exciting young Puccini sopranos (fêted at Covent Garden in Madama Butterfly and in this role) – even a concert hall audience is moved to tears, as we can read in the reviews of her concert performances with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Köln conducted by acclaimed Maestro Andris Nelsons.
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under its music director Andris Nelsons, have already released a highly-praised Strauss disc on Orfeo with Ein Heldenleben and the Rosenkavalier Suite, and Nelsons understands how to convey his fascination with Strauss to both orchestra and listeners with utter conviction.
What Ein Heldenleben needs is not only a first-class orchestra but also a conductor with a clear sense of the work's underlying structure, a conductor, moreover, who is able to maintain the tension and respond quickly and consistently to the work's countless details.This is certainly how Andris Nelsons sees his task, a task which he realises magnificently in this, his second ORFEO recording with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.