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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar"; Prokofiev: October, excerpts / Vitaly Gromadsky, bass; Kyrill Kondrashin

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is an echo of the second performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No.13 in December of 1962. It still features the original text by Yevtushenko in spite of Khrushchev's order to modify it so as not to pay homage only to the Jews assassinated in the Ukrainian ravine at Babi Yar. Kyrill Kondrashin succeeded in making this a heroic, impassioned ballad - tinged with humor but vengeful and funereal. Also featured here are excerpts from October - Prokofiev's sole patriotic cantata, written in the same titanic, specifically Russian vein.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Now for the sound. I've seen a few of these Praga SACD issues before and I've wondered what their source material is. I know some of the music they've released is copyrighted by Sony. There is a kind thank-you to the owners of the drawing used on the cover. The sound is much clearer than I expected.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moscow.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
  • Performer: Vitaly Gromadsky (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 54 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Performer: Vitaly Gromadsky (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Running Time: 22 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937