Boston Symphony’s 2015-16 season: Shostakovich recordings for DG, Europe tour, Strauss’s “Elektra”

Posted on: April 3, 2015

“The introductions are over. This is now Andris Nelsons’s Boston Symphony Orchestra,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Friday’s (4/3) Boston Globe. “Over the next year and a half, Nelsons will lead the BSO in a major recording project, … launch two tours to Europe, and bring local audiences an expansive and more personalized 2015-16 season that includes a bracing opera in concert and diverse works by living composers alongside the traditional diet of repertory staples.… Deutsche Grammophon will release a series of five CDs capturing live BSO performances of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 5-10 under Nelsons’s baton.… This year’s tour, the BSO’s first visit to Europe in nearly a decade, will be followed next season by another newly announced tour to Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg…. Next season will offer a swath of both standard repertoire and new music curated along thematic lines,” including two new works, Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you, to texts from Hamlet, and George Tsontakis’s Sonnets. Also planned are new works by Sebastian Currier, Giya Kancheli, Unsuk Chin, Jennifer Higdon, John Williams, and Jean-Frederic Neuburger. The BSO will give concert performances of Strauss’s Elektra, with Christine Goerke in the title role, and perform a tribute to Henri Dutilleux. The BSO will continue to record performances for its in-house label, BSO Classics.

Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

Posted April 3, 2015