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Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 12 & 13 (3CD)

In this latest instalment of their acclaimed Shostakovich cycle, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra explore the composer’s shifting identity and political convictions under the Soviet regime, tracing with the four symphonies on this album a 35-year span in Shostakovich’s creative and personal evolution: from youthful idealism to mature disillusionment and resignation.

The orchestra and its Musical Director are joined by bass-baritone Matthias Goerne who gives an impressive performance of the “Babi Yar” solos in Symphony No. 13. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus (chorus master: James Burton) gives a strong support in the choral parts of Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 13, and are joining powers in the mighty Symphony No. 13 with the New England Conservatory Symphonic Choir (chorus master: Erica J. Washburn).

This set comes as a 3 CD multipack. The booklet (32 pages) includes liner notes by Harlow Robinson in English and German and all original lyrics in Russian (romanised) with English translation.

Symphony No. 2 in B major op. 14 “To October”
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major op. 20 “1st of May”

Symphony No. 12 in D minor op. 112 “The Year 1917”

Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor op. 113 “Babi Yar”

Matthias Goerne, bass-baritone
Tenors and Basses of the
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Chorus Master: James Burton
New England Conservatory Symphonic Choir
Chorus Master: Erica J. Washburn