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The Grammys 2017

BSO brings home Grammy gold

Andris Nelsons and the BSO won the Grammy for best orchestral performance. Michael Blanchard

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, has won another Grammy Award: “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, and 9,” which was released worldwide on Deutsche Grammophon last May, won for best orchestral performance at the pre-telecast ceremony, at which dozens of awards are handed out prior to the main show.

“It’s unbelievable and such a great honor,” Nelsons told the Globe by phone immediately following his win. “The music of Shostakovich has touched people, and touched the human heart. That’s the biggest accomplishment for us musicians.”

Nelsons is the category’s reigning champion, having triumphed last year with the first installment in his acclaimed “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow” series. That previous performance encompassed Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from the opera “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.”


With this award, the BSO now holds a total of nine Grammys. It was also nominated this year for best engineered classical album (a win for which would have gone to engineers Shawn Murphy and Nick Squire and mastering engineer Tim Martyn), but that award went to the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus’s “Corigliano: The Ghost of Versailles.”

Whether Nelsons and the BSO can continue to rack up consecutive wins in the best orchestral performance category remains to be seen, but the conductor says he’s keen to continue recording Shostakovich performances to add to the series.

“We will continue forward with the same energy and excitement as we continue the cycle of this great music,” he said, expressing gratitude to the orchestra, the BSO’s sound team, and audiences who’ve supported the performances.

Also in the pre-show ceremony, David Frost, producer of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ “Brahms & Dvorák: Serenades 9” (among other albums), won the award for producer of the year, classical. And composer John Williams, who is the Boston Pops conductor laureate, earned a Grammy for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in the category of best score soundtrack for visual media.


Isaac Feldberg can be reached at isaac.feldberg@globe.com, or on Twitter at @i_feldberg.

An earlier version included a misidentification of Andris Nelsons.