The week starts with amazing news, as for the second year in a row the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons has received the very prestigious Grammy Award (Best Orchestral Performance ) for his “Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow” recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This year it was the 5th, 8th and 9th symphonies, last year – the 10th Symphony.
Indeed, you might say that Shostakovich is the lucky composer for Latvian conductors, as already in 2006 another Latvian star, Mariss Jansons, earned the Grammy for the 13th Symphony. Jansons was nominated also this year for the recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra.
And we do remind that they are not the only Latvian maestros to earn such recognition. In previous years such Latvian composers as Pēteris Vasks and Ugis Praulins have been nominated for their work, and in 2014, the Latvian Radio Choir and the Sinfonietta Rīga chamber orchestra were awarded for the Best Choral Performance as participants in the recording of Arvo Parts' opus "Adam's Lament", conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste.