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Because of Steinberg’s failing health, Rafael Kubelík conducted the BSO in their DG recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (part of Kubelík’s cycle of Beethoven symphonies with nine different orchestras), while Eugen Jochum took the helm for Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and Schubert’s “Unfinished”.
Andris Nelsons & BSO: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 - Under Stalin's Shadow (Trailer)
“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, a composer of such great personal courage and virtue, 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.” Andris Nelsons
"The unique sound of Symphony Hall, with the orchestra positioned on the house floor for these recordings, was always identifiable, different from any other recording space." – Ronald Barron, BSO principal trombone 1975-2008
Text by: Deutsche Grammophon