Mariss Jansons, conductor emeritus
In the first half of 2006 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra paid special attention to the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s (1906-1975) birth with a series of concerts, opera, film performances and other events.
Chief conductor Mariss Jansons led the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 7, the ‘Leningrad’, during concerts that formed part of the above series on 19 and 22 January 2006.
These performances in the Concertgebouw were recorded live for later release on RCO Live, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s own record label. A few days later the orchestra took the work on an international tour through London, Brussels, Chicago and New York amongst other places; the orchestra’s performance of the symphony was met throughout with great acclaim.
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 19 and 22 January 2006.
From the press
"This partnership is music’s new dream team."
- Daniel Ginsberg, The Washington Post. Review of Shostakovich 7
"This was a performance, played with the Concertgebouw’s phenomenal spectrum of colouring, phrasing and dynamic subtlety, that asserted the symphony’s organic structural credentials and spoke of deep-seated, human feelings throughout its ample 80-minute span. It was wonderful to have past reservations about the symphony swept aside with such authority."
- Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph. Review of Shostakovich 7
"It was nerve-wracking, uncommonly thrilling and already a historic performance."
- Mischa Spel, NRC Handelsblad. Review of Shostakovich 7