Shostakovich 7: Recording of the Year

The RNO's recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2015 as the year's best symphonic album, and nominated for a 2016 Grammy award. In its announcement, Diapason wrote:

All bets were off in Moscow when Paavo Järvi decided to record the “Leningrad” Symphony, but he produced one of his best recordings yet with a reading that is refreshingly radical, while avoiding the ponderousness that often plagues this work.

The Diapason d’Or de l’Année award is decided by a jury comprising critics from Diapason and broadcasters from France Musique, and is comparable to the United Kingdom's (UK) Gramophone Awards, associated with the Gramophone magazine.

Diapason magazine previously awarded the CD its Diapason d'Or of the month for September, and the recording has been receiving excellent reviews since its spring release:

You simply won't hear a more thoughtful and revealing performance of the Leningrad than this... (Music Web International)

[Paavo Järvi] shows himself to be a true conveyor of the deeper meaning of this symphony without succumbing to personal glory. And the RNO is the perfect vehicle. (

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It was also announced on December 7 that the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound album.

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