Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 in B Minor, Op. 113 'Babi Yar' (2020)

Shostakovich

Oleg Tsibulko, Russian National Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Kirill Karabits

The Russian National Orchestra continues its Shostakovich cycle with Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar, together with bass Oleg Tsibulko, the Popov Academy of Choral Arts Choir, the Kozhevnikov choir, and maestro Kirill Karabits.

Inspired by Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem Babi Yar about a Nazi massacre of Jews just outside Kiev in 1941, Shostakovich based the Symphony on five of the author's poems. The texts reflect on the peculiarities of daily existence in Stalinist Russia, providing a deep insight into life under Soviet reign.

After the somber, impressive opening movement, Shostakovich alternates between a satirical stance, humor, and portraying the hardships of the Stalinist reality, leading up to the innocent beauty of the symphony's finale. One special aspect of this recording is the Russian National Orchestra's collaboration with a Ukrainian bass soloist and conductor, underlining the shared cultural and political heritage of both countries.

The Russian National Orchestra is among the most important orchestras in the world and has a vast, multi-award-winning Pentatone discography. Kirill Karabits is also featured on Tchaikovsky Treasures (2019) with Guy Braunstein and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 in B Minor, Op. 113 'Babi Yar' (2020)

Shostakovich

Oleg Tsibulko, Russian National Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

    Presto Classical - Recording of the Week Award

Notwithstanding the Ukrainian on the podium, this performance strikes me as a particularly Russian-spirited one. The emotional commitment from all concerned is palpable; Yevtushenko’s dissenting texts need to be heard as much now as they did in the 1960s, and Tsibulko and Karabits are more than capable of imbuing them with weight and urgency.

David Smith

Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 in B Minor, Op. 113 'Babi Yar' (2020)

Shostakovich

Oleg Tsibulko, Russian National Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Balance Engineer: Erdo Groot (Polyhymnia International B.V.)
Producer: Karel Bruggeman (Polyhymnia International B.V.)
Recording Engineer: Nadia Nikolayeva
Recording location: DZZ Studio 5 in Moscow, Russia, in November 2017
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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1.
Shostakovich No. 13 - I. Babi Yar, Adagio
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Shostakovich No. 13 - II. Humour, Allegretto
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Shostakovich No. 13 - III. In the Store, Adagio
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Shostakovich No. 13 - IV. Fears, Largo
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Shostakovich No. 13 - V. A Career, Allegretto
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00:12:30   N/A

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