BSO music director Andris Nelsons’s relationship with Deutsche Grammophon is expanding to keep pace with his career on both sides of the Atlantic. The prestigious classical label has now signed the Latvian conductor to an exclusive contract. Over the next several years, he will record the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic, in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 2020.
The label also revealed in a press statement that “advanced discussions are underway” for a project involving Bruckner symphonies with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, whose directorship Nelsons will assume in 2017. He and the BSO meanwhile are continuing with plans to record Shostakovich’s complete symphonies, as well as that composer’s opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.”
“The recordings we make together will document a truly outstanding maestro in a series of defining Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century works,” said Deutsche Grammophon president Clemens Trautmann in a statement.
According to the BSO, the new contract will not prevent Nelsons from recording for the orchestra’s own in-house label, or from participating in its ongoing recording relationship with Classical Live on Google Play. “I could not be happier,” Nelsons said in a statement. “It is both a dream and an honor.”
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