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listen  1. Symphony No. 13 In B Flat Minor Op. 113: I. Babi Jar/Babi YarSergei Aleksashkin/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons/Michael Gläser16:11Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 13 In B Flat Minor Op. 113: II. Der Witz/HumourSergei Aleksashkin/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons/Michael Gläser 8:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 13 In B Flat Minor Op. 113: III. Im Laden/At The StoreSergei Aleksashkin/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons/Michael Gläser12:21Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 13 In B Flat Minor Op. 113: IV. Ängst/FearsSergei Aleksashkin/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons/Michael Gläser11:22Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 13 In B Flat Minor Op. 113: V. Karriere/CareerSergei Aleksashkin/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons/Michael Gläser12:05Album Only

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  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0007D0AUU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"There is no monument above Babi Yar," Yevgeny Yevtushenko laments in his poem about the Ukrainian ravine where the Germans shot thousands of Jews in 1941. Twenty years later, he and Shostakovich created a memorial more lasting and searing than any marble headstone. Yevtushenko's poems express fiery political protest and youthful idealism and, as in other "choral" symphonies, the words and voices add immeasurably to the emotional impact of the music. Scored for solo bass, male chorus (singing in unison) and a large orchestra, each of the symphony's five movements is set to a poem depicting an aspect of life under Stalin; the music complements and heightens the poetry's atmosphere, mood, and narrative intensity. "Humor" and "A Career" are vintage Shostakovich Scherzos: sardonic, grotesque, with robust, almost vulgar irregular dance rhythms and a sophisticated fugal section - the gallows-humor of despair. "In the Store" is a lament-laden hymn to the hardships of Russian women; "Fears" is a spooky, ominous, frightening description of the pall of dread hanging over everyone. The longest, most wrenching movement, of course, is "Babi Yar." Dark, mournful, often wild, it is an outcry of the helpless down-trodden against the inhumanity of the powerful, but the poet's attempt to identify with the suffering Jewish victims by being a "true Russian" is not entirely convincing. The symphony represents the composer at the height of his technical and expressive power. Solo and choral passages alternate, the orchestration is stunning, full of dynamic and timbral variety and contrast. The performance is splendid; the German orchestra and chorus sound as authentic and involved as the Russian soloist and conductor. --Edith Eisler

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Though there are many excellent recordings of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 'Babi Yar' available, this new recording by Mariss Jansons is the crowning achievement. Jansons is nearing completion of the entire Shostakovich cycle and this installment is by far the finest in a fine set. Though some may find this symphony episodic (it has been compared to Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde' as a symphonic song cycle1), Jansons makes the work intelligently cohesive. He finds the essence of each of the five movements and weaves the similarities of orchestration and poetry tightly. His vision is at one with Shostakovich and Yevtushenko.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony (Jansons is the Music Director of this orchestra) plays with complete command of the obstacles. The first desk playing is top notch and the 'sound' is as Russian as is needed for the success of the work. Jansons wisely selected Russian opera star Sergei Aleksashkin as soloist: his vocal quality is rich and dark and completely right for these Yevtushenko poems. His range of emotion is stunning. And completing the overall sound is the very fine Men's chorus from the Bavarian Radio Chorus. The Sonics are superb.

Hands down this is the recording of choice for this extraordinary symphony. It should receive the Grammy for Orchestral Recording! Very Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, January 06
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri on June 6, 2014
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Aleksashkin has recorded the Shostakovich 13th symphony "Babi Yar" for the fourth time here and I think he sounds a bit punchy if not tired. He simply doesn't seem to have the same enthusiasm or smooth tone as he did for Solti for example. I have had every recording of "Babi Yar" or the Shostakovich 13th that ever came out up until 2006. The very best version is a discontinued Russian Disc recording with Kondrashin conducting. It is the world premiere live performance of the work. The symphony was banned after it's premiere and only in recent years since Shostakovich's death has been making it's way back into the repertoire as perhaps the greatest choral symphony of the 20th century. It starts out as a dark and pessimistic work and ends on a note of tranquility and optimism. It is setting of five poems of Yevtushenko molded into music by Shostakovich into a true symphony with a beginning, scherzo, two slow movements, and a finale. I wish I could say that Jansons conducting is so much better than Aleksashkin's singing, but maybe only marginally so. I don't want to deter anyone from getting this version if they really want it, but there are better performances of the work. I point to Haitink and his set and Barshai and his set for two digital examples. This is a good assembly of musicians and is lead by a world class conductor, but I expect better. I grudgingly give it four stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Gross VINE VOICE on December 19, 2008
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While my collection of Shostakovich is not small, I'm can't compare this performance with others of the Babi Yar Symphony. However, I can say that this performance by Jansons possesses immense powerful and drive. The soloist sounds "so" Russian (which he is), the choral singing is tense and biting, and the orchestral sound is dark, harrrowing, clear, and reeling, exactly as it ought to be in a Shostakovich symphony. Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kisin on May 15, 2014
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Wonderful performance by a good orchestra with a great conductor. Mariss Jansons was able to bring out the essence of music by Shostakovich. It is a moving experience to listen to this symphony.
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