With the release of Symphonies Nos 9 & 10 on 5 February, Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra approach the halfway point in their cycle of the complete Shostakovich Symphonies, recorded live in concert at the Barbican Hall.
For Gianandrea Noseda, the Ninth is Shostakovich at his most 'classical’ but a modern statement nonetheless. ‘Stalin wanted a celebration of the victory of Russia, and Shostakovich came out with a sort of opera buffa symphony,’ the LSO's Principal Guest Conductor says. ‘Short, witty, lots of sarcasm. I can really feel his wish to go against what was expected of him.’
The Tenth Symphony was written after Stalin's death and allegedly portrays the tragedy, despair, terror and violence of his tenure. The second movement is a musical portrait of Stalin, a march of unremitting terror and frenzied violence, while the finale contains some of the slowest music of the whole symphony, a reminder of the desolation of the Gulag prisoners.
Notes to editors
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 9 & 10 will be released 5 February 2021 on CD (Hybrid SACD) and via all major streaming and download services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Primephonic and IDAGIO. The album will be available to pre-order from 15 January. It marks the fourth release in the cycle, following acclaimed releases of Symphony No 8 (Album of the Week – The Sunday Times), Symphony No 4 (‘A great master in the interpretation of Shostakovich is being born’ - ResMusica) and Symphonies Nos 5 & 1.
About Gianandrea Noseda, LSO Principal Guest Conductor
Gianandrea Noseda is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, equally recognised for his artistry in the concert hall and opera house. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and has been Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra since the 2017–2018 season. In 2018, his initial four-year contract was extended for four more years, up to and including the 2024–2025 season.
In 2019, Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra, which makes its home at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., earned rave reviews for their first concerts together at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The 2019–2020 season saw their artistic partnership continue to flourish with the launch of a new recording label distributed by LSO Live. Noseda also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival in Italy. In 2021–2022 season,
Noseda will become General Music Director of the Zurich Opera House, where he will lead his first Ring Cycle. From 2007 to 2018, Noseda served as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino, where his leadership and his initiatives propelled the company’s global reputation.
Noseda has worked with the world’s leading orchestras, opera houses and festivals including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Philharmonia Zurich, Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Opera House (London), Salzburg Festival, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Vienna Philharmonic, and Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his recordings for LSO Live, Noseda has an extensive discography of over 60 recordings for Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon, among others. He has championed the works of neglected Italian composers through his Musica Italianarecordings for Chandos. The most recent recording in this series – Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra – has been critically acclaimed and was named Gramophone Magazine’s August 2020 Recording of the Month.
Noseda is closely involved with the next generation of musicians through his work as Music Director of the Tsinandali Festival and Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra, as well as with other youth orchestras, including the European Union Youth Orchestra.
A native of Milan, Noseda is Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, marking his contribution to the artistic life of Italy. In 2015, he was Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and was named the 2016 International Opera Awards Conductor of the Year.
For further press information please contact:
Founder & CEO, Semantix Creative Group
LSO Live Marketing & Partnerships Manager, London Symphony Orchestra
Photo: © Mark Allen