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Music Director Nelsons won Grammy Award

Nina Kolyako, BC, Riga, 16.02.2016.Print version
Music Director Andris Nelsons from Latvia and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 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, reports BC Bernadette Horgan, director of public relations at BSO.

“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.”


Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow, which was released on July 31, 2015, was recorded live during the BSO’s April 2-4, 2015 concerts at Symphony Hall, and is Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra’s first recording released under the Deutsche Grammophon label. The recording was produced by Ute Fesquet and Shawn Murphy, with recording engineers Nick Squire and John Morin. Nick Squire, Robert Wolff, and Tim Martyn edited the recording, and Tim Martyn and Phoenix Audio were mastering engineers.


This is the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s seventh Grammy Award (the Boston Symphony Chamber Players also won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Performance, Instrumental or Vocal, in 1966, totally eight for the organization) and Andris Nelsons’ first.


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; these works are being recorded during the BSO’s 2015-16 season.

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