A major release by a pianist who, just in his mid-thirties, is already one of the most intelligent and satisfying musicians on the circuit.
Interpretively, this installment in the BSO’s cycle of Dmitri Shostakovich’s fifteen symphonies is occasionally (and a bit surprisingly) spotty.
Despite Shostakovich’s often-dissonant approach, the Fourteenth has always been highly-regarded if infrequently-played.
One of Andris Nelsons’ great gifts as an interpreter is his ability to shape and develop large-scale musical forms.
It is my sad duty to report that an evening which looked so promising was hardly a worthy homage to an important musical figure of the 20th century.
That Shostakovich left such a musical testament is, in its own way, miraculous; and it continues to speak to us with immediacy and power.