Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 12, 13

Concluding their Shostakovich Cycle, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra explore the composer’s shifting identity and political convictions under the Soviet regime, tracing with Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 12 and 13 a 35-year span in the composer’s creative and personal evolution: from youthful idealism to mature disillusionment and resignation. Bass-baritone Matthias Goerne gives an impressive performance of the “Babi Yar” solos in Symphony No. 13, joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (also Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3) and the New England Conservatory Philharmonic Choir. “An ongoing Shostakovich survey that has rightly won [Andris Nelsons] three Grammy Awards.” (New York Times about the Shostakovich Cycle)