Latvian conductors Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons receive Grammy Award nominations!

Conductors Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons have both received Grammy Award nominations in the “Best orchestral performance” category.

Mariss Jansons and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perpetuated Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100; while Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony Orchestra recorded Dmitri’s Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9.

Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony Orchestra received a Grammy this year for recordings under the series title “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow.” It was a wide-ranging conversation, touching upon Nelsons’ early exposure to the music of Shostakovich, his reflections on growing up in Soviet Latvia, studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and the place that Shostakovich occupies both in Nelsons’ own personal creative history and in the history of Soviet and Russian music.

Mariss Jansons received a Grammy in 2006 for his recording of the Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony. Jansons concluded his recording of the complete symphonies by Shostakovich in 2005. Different orchestras were involved in the recording and it was completed by the BRSO. The box with all the symphonies, released in the summer of 2006, was awarded a number of prizes.

This time Latvian conductors are facing a tough competition in this category – Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony, Neeme Järvi and Orchestre De La Suisse Romande.

The Recording Academy will present the 59th GRAMMY Awards on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. The awards will be presented in total in 84 categories.

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