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Shostakovich: Symphony no 13 "Babi Yar" / Wigglesworth

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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BBC Music Magazine
Mark Wigglesworth ... stretches the playing of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic to its very impressive limits and remains the finest Shostakovich interpreter of his generation", describing the result as "a performance which always gives us the full measure of this traumatic masterpiece.

BBC Music Magazine
Wigglesworth immediately extends his spacious authority, in a cycle which so far deserves respect and admiration... Jan-Hendrik Rootering... goes farther than any bass I've heard... in introspective warmth of phrasing at the heart of the Symphony. ... the professional weight of Simon Halsey's Netherlands Radio Choir basses brings burnished focus to savage indignation, eased only by tender Netherlands Philharmonic soloists in the final balm of grace.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
If all that mattered in Shostakovich's 13th was the Babi Yar setting that first motivated it, then there would be reason to approach Mark Wigglesworth's recording with caution. That long first movement sags, because he has tipped the balance slightly too far away from frightening immediacy in favour of philosophical reflection. The first entries of chorus and soloist feel a bit soggy... Wigglesworth has plenty of ideas about timing and articulation, and they are of a piece with a powerful overall view. In the faster movements, admittedly, he doesn't yet have the knack of showing all this without losing momentum, but in the slower ones his subtle moulding of phrase and texture pays huge dividends. 'In the Store' plumbs depths of sadness and compassion, and even Rootering's less than infallible steadiness of tone feels like part and parcel of the same conception. 'Fears' and 'A Career' seemingly come from somewhere beyond the experiences they describe. This, then, is a performance in which you feel the presence of a lyrical commentator throughout, rather than being in the grip of some overwhelming larger force. Softgrained but marvellously spacious recording.

Gramophone Magazine
A performance in which you feel the presence of a lyrical commentator throughout, rather than being in the grip of some overwhelming larger force. Soft-grained but marvellously spacious recording.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
  • Performer: Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Chorus
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962
  • Studio/Live: Studio