Nelsons & BSO News: Tour and Shostakovich
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to embark on tour to Europe, May 3-12, 2016 and announce Shostakovich cycle extension with Deutsche Grammophon to all 15 Symphonies Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony …

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Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

02.05.2016

to embark on tour to Europe, May 3-12, 2016 and announce Shostakovich cycle extension with Deutsche Grammophon to all 15 Symphonies

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra will return to Europe for a 9-concert, 8-city European tour, May 3-12, to include stops in major musical cities in Austria, Germany, and Luxembourg, following their highly acclaimed first tour to Europe together last year. The 2016 tour will feature Nelsons and the BSO in performances at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper (May 3), Essen’s Philharmonie (May 4), Leipzig’s Gewandhaus (May 5), Dresden’s Frauenkirche (May 6), Munich’s Gasteig Philharmonie (May 8), Vienna’s Musikverein (May 9 and 10), Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle (May 11), and Luxembourg’s Philharmonie (May 12). The tour marks the orchestra’s debut performances in Leipzig, Dresden, and Luxembourg, as well as the BSO’s first returns to Frankfurt since September 1991, Vienna and Munich since March 1998, and Essen and Hamburg since August 2007.

Renowned soprano Kristine Opolais will join the tour for concerts in Essen, Munich and Vienna, performing the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Rachmaninoff’s Zdes’ khorosho (How fair this place). These three concerts will also feature Andris Nelsons leading the BSO in Shostakovich’s Suite from the incidental music to Hamlet, Debussy’s La Mer, and Ravel’s La Valse. In Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden, Vienna, Hamburg, and Luxembourg, Nelsons and the orchestra will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, which Nelsons conducted in his BSO debut in 2011 at Carnegie Hall. The Dresden performance will also feature cellist Jan Vogler in Bruch’s Kol Nidrei.

Shortly before the start of the tour, Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon have expanded their award-winning Shostakovich recording partnership by extending their original agreement, which focused primarily on Shostakovich Symphonies 5-10 (works composed during the period of Shostakovich’s difficult relationship with Stalin and the Soviet regime, mid-1930s to 1953), to include live recordings of the composer’s entire canon of 15 symphonies, plus the masterpiece opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.  

In addition to the news about the contract extension, Andris Nelsons, BSO and Deutsche Grammophon announce the worldwide release on May 27 of the second installment of their series “Under Stalin’s Shadow”. The new two-disc set will feature Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, as well as incidental music to Hamlet; these works were recorded live during the BSO’s 2015-16 season.

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