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For Andris Nelsons, it’s Bruckner or bust

Andris Nelsons, BSO music director, nuzzles a bust of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.
Marco Borggreve
Andris Nelsons, BSO music director, nuzzles a bust of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.

It’s not quite on par with that unforgettable photo of Tom Brady — you know, the one where the Patriots QB is holding a baby goat — but the shot of Andris Nelsons in the booklet of his new CD comes pretty close.

The Deutsche Grammophon recording of the Boston Symphony Orchestra music director leading the Gewandhausorchester — that’s a German orchestra based in Leipzig — in a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 includes a booklet with a picture of Nelsons, his eyes closed, tenderly nuzzling a massive bust of Bruckner, an Austrian composer who’s famous for his symphonies, not his sweet face.

We don’t know where the bust resides, or what stirred Nelsons to strike such a dramatic pose, but it certainly makes for a memorable image. In real life, it’s an emotional time for Nelsons. The celebrated conductor recently announced that he and his wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, have divorced after seven years of marriage. The couple, who have a daughter, shared the news on their respective websites, and the BSO also issued a statement.

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The 39-year-old Nelsons, who’s Latvian, was named the music director of the BSO in May 2013, succeeding James Levine.