Boston Symphony gets a new control room for its recordings

Posted on: April 5, 2016

“The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new control room—arguably the most advanced of its kind—puts creative control in the hands of the orchestra,” writes Malcolm Gay in Monday’s (4/4) Boston Globe. “Early investment has paid off. In February, [Andris] Nelsons and the orchestra won a Grammy for ‘Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow’ [on Deutsche Grammophon].… It continues to release recordings on its in-house label…. Whereas previously recording companies would descend on Symphony Hall with a truckload of recording gear, capture a performance, and then decamp for far-flung studios, now the BSO can keep most of the postproduction work in-house. Said Shawn Murphy, an Oscar-winning sound engineer who has been working with the BSO for decades, … ‘The fact is that orchestras are now their own record companies.’ … The BSO estimates the total cost of the studio at $250,000…. In March, Deutsche Grammophon president Clemens Trautmann said his company hopes to expand its relationship with Nelsons and the BSO beyond the Shostakovich cycle. ‘Generally, we want a deep collaboration that also extends to digital projects and educational projects, possibly,’ said Trautmann…. ‘I can see the relationship with Andris also going in this direction.’ ”

Posted April 5, 2016