Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 in B Minor, Op. 113 ‘Babi Yar’

Kirill Karabits, Oleg Tsibulko, Russian National Orchestra

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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.

Tracklist

1.
Shostakovich No. 13 - I. Babi Yar, Adagio
15:18
2.
Shostakovich No. 13 - II. Humour, Allegretto
07:30
3.
Shostakovich No. 13 - III. In the Store, Adagio
11:45
4.
Shostakovich No. 13 - IV. Fears, Largo
11:07
5.
Shostakovich No. 13 - V. A Career, Allegretto
12:30

Total time: 00:58:10

Additional information

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PTC5186618

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Balance Engineer

Erdo Groot (Polyhymnia International B.V.)

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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

Release Date August 4, 2020

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