FOR THE RECORD
Forging ahead: the partnership of Nelsons and the Boston SO is to be preserved on disc
Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons sign deal with DG
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, its Music Director, have announced a recording partnership with the Deutsche Grammophon label. Future plans include live recordings of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos 5-10 plus incidental music from King Lear, Hamlet and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
The first album, ‘Shostakovich under Stalin’s Shadow’ – featuring Symphony No 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – is to be released in the summer of 2015. The second instalment of the series – a double album including Symphonies Nos 5, 8 and 9, plus incidental music from Hamlet – is scheduled for release in May 2016. The third recording, due out in the summer of 2017, will be another double album of Symphonies Nos 6 and 7, plus music from King Lear.
Of the new partnership with DG, Nelsons said: ‘I am completely thrilled and honoured to be leading this very exciting collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon. It is an immense privilege to focus on the music of Shostakovich, whose extraordinary work transcends even the circumstances in which it was written, and is timeless on many levels. At the same time, with my formative years spent in Soviet Latvia, the music of Shostakovich in particular speaks to me personally in a distinctive way and I’m sure that special affinity will be communicated in these recordings.’
Nelsons recorded Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival in 2011 (released on DVD and Blu-ray by C Major; reviewed 9/12). He and the Boston Symphony will perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10 at the Proms on August 23, while their first recording together – on the orchestra’s own label – of music by Wagner and Sibelius is reviewed this issue, on page 37.
Kronos Quartet’s anniversary disc wins Songlines Music Award 2015 Gramophone’s sister title, world music magazine Songlines, has named the Kronos Quartet as winners of its Cross-Cultural Collaboration Award for ‘A Thousand Thoughts’. The Nonesuch album was released to mark the ever-exploratory string quartet’s 40th anniversary. Royal College of Music announces £25m redevelopment plan London’s Royal College of Music is seeking planning permission to invest £25 million into redeveloping its building on the Prince Consort Road, opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It has engaged architect John Simpson in reimagining the college, focusing primarily on the creation of two new performance spaces, the building of additional practice rooms, a permanent home for the RCM’s Museum of Music, and additional recording and broadcasting facilities. Philip Glass wins $100,000 Glenn Gould Prize The American composer Philip Glass has won this year’s Glenn Gould Prize, worth $100,000. The prize is awarded to ‘an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts’. Previous winners include Leonard Cohen (2011), Pierre Boulez (2002) and Oscar Peterson (1993). University of St Andrews launches new record label, Sanctiandree The University of St Andrews has launched a new record label, Sanctiandree, to profile St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and its Music Director Tom Wilkinson. The initial aim of the
Marin Alsop commits to São Paulo for another four years
Marin Alsop will remain Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra until the end of December 2019, extending a formal relationship with the orchestra which began in 2012.
Under the new contract, Alsop’s time with the orchestra will increase to 12 weeks per season, and she and the orchestra will tour internationally.
Alsop is currently recording the Prokofiev symphonies with the orchestra for Naxos, and there are plans to complete the symphony cycles of Brahms and Mahler.
In the official announcement, Alsop said: ‘My work with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is extremely gratifying and together we’ve not only raised the standards of performances but also taken the orchestra out to the people of the São Paulo region and internationally. This city is one of the most vibrant and exciting places on the planet right now and it’s thrilling to see the orchestra take its rightful place at the heart of this great metropolis. I eagerly look forward to seeing where this journey will take us!’
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