Since becoming Music Director of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln in 1998, Semyon Bychkov has enjoyed an enormously fruitful relationship with the celebrated ensemble, especially evident in his acclaimed series of recoridngs for Avie. From stentorian Strauss to magisterial Mahler and beautiful Brahms, Bychkov’s intelligent and incisive interpretations have captured the imagination of critics and consumers alike. This formidable conductor-orchestra team offer here their third instalment in a series of works by Shostakovich, Symphony No. 11, a tragic and poignant masterpiece subtitled “The Year 1905”. Bychkov’s indelible association with Shostakovich makes this an essential release.