Dmitri Shostakovich- Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11
Deutsche Grammophon proudly continues the widely acclaimed, Grammy winning Shostakovich Symphony cycle with Music Director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
After the “scandalously successful” (Sunday Times) Symphony No. 10 in 2015 and “the sheer expressive beauty” (Gramophone Magazine) of Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 9 from 2016, Andris Nelsons and his Bostonians turn their attention to the extrovert Fourth and dramatic Eleventh – both recorded live for the third installment of this long-term collaboration of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Grammy nominated for “Best Orchestral Performance” and “Best Engineered Album, Classical”
Awarded MusicWeb International’s Recording of the Year 2018
“Indeed, this confluence of talents has produced as powerful and persuasive a reading of this symphony as I’ve ever encountered. Not only that, Nelsons confirms his credentials as a great Shostakovich conductor, fully deserving of a place alongside Kondrashin, Mravinsky, Rostropovich, Barshai, Wigglesworth and Kurt Sanderling. It’s all about passion and good judgment, and Nelsons’ crisp, unexaggerated finale … is a perfect example of his clear-eyed, yet remarkably expressive approach. And how naturally the closing pages sound and feel, the bells not allowed to linger at the end. No hollow triumphalism here, just first-class musicianship and an unassailable, unwavering sense of purpose. But, above all, Nelsons confirms – with quiet, unassuming pleasure – the intrinsic quality of this remarkable score. And that, surely, is the greatest gift of all.
Performances of great strength and stature, peerlessly played and recorded; the pinnacle of Nelsons’ cycle thus far.”
-Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International