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Echo Prize 2002 for Shostakovich's 8th Symphony

The recording of the Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons has been awarded the Echo Prize 2002 in the category of "Best Symphonic Recording of the Year (Twentieth Century)."

Mariss Jansons's growing complete recording of the fifteen symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich for EMI has been setting standards of excellence for some time now. The conductor, who was a friend of Shostakovich, began the symphonic cycle with the then Leningrad Philharmonic. He continued it with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, whose director he was starting in 1979, as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Since 1997 Jansons has been music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with which he has made this prize-winning recording of the famous Eighth Symphony of Shostakovich from the year 1943.