(Marco Borggreve/Boston Symphony Orchestra)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons were honored with two Grammy awards for their Deutsche Grammophon recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 11, taking home Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album (Classical) at the 61st annual ceremony.
"This prestigious recognition from the Recording Academy is particularly gratifying as I feel the musicians and engineers perfectly captured the spiritual dimensions and sound worlds of these two symphonies," Nelsons said. "Everyone, working very closely together, once again committed whole-heartedly to communicating the heart and soul living deep within the score of this profound music. I can’t help but hope that Shostakovich himself would be pleased with our efforts."
The recording is part of a collaboration between the BSO, Nelosns, and Deutsche Grammophon to record Shostakovich's entire canon (fifteen symphonies) and his masterpiece opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk .
The two awards bring the Symphony's grand total to 10, with the last four being awarded in as many years. Three of the awards come from the Shostakovich cycle.