Diapason d’Or May 2019
BBC Music Magazine June 2019 Recording of the Month
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Andris Nelsons is the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and new Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. With both appointments, and in leading a pioneering alliance between these two esteemed institutions, he is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned, exciting and innovative conductors on the international scene today After the “scandalously successful” (Sunday Times) Symphony No. 10 in 2015, “the sheer expressive beauty” (Gramophone Magazine) of Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, 9 from 2016 and the “overbearing vividness” (The Guardian) of the most recent Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 Nelsons and the BSO continue the acclaimed cycle with the Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7, complemented by two other works by Shostakovich, the Suite from the Incidental Music to “King Lear” op. 58a and the Festive Overture op. 96.
The goal is a complete Shostakovich cycle on Deutsche Grammophon with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
There is always plenty to relish in Nelson’s approach…But I do wonder, the more I hear of this cycle, if the pristine quality that Nelsons and his Boston orchestra bring to these pieces is inclined to render them a little too well-scrubbed…Much to applaud…but things that might niggle, too, if you like your Shostakovich on the rare side. Gramophone
This interpretation of the Leningrad pulls it all off with hyper-sophisticated playing and an alternation of tense atmosphere with electrifying release. Nelsons wins such beautiful phrasing, both collectively and individually. BBC