Shostakovich - Symphony # 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 'Babi Yar' - Riccardo Muti, Alexey Tikhomirov, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - 2020 (FLAC, 24BIT – 96KHZ)

Shostakovich – Symphony # 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 ‘Babi Yar’ – Riccardo Muti, Alexey Tikhomirov, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – 2020 (FLAC, 24BIT – 96KHZ)

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Alexey Tikhomirov – bass
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
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Riccardo Muti, Alexey Tikhomirov, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Shostakovich/Шостакович – Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 ‘Babi Yar’ (2020)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75)

Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 ‘Babi Yar’ 1:08:27

01. I. Babi Yar. Adagio (Live) 17:28
02. II. Humor. Allegretto (Live) 9:06
03. III. In the Store. Adagio (Live) 13:17
04. IV. Fears. Largo (Live) 13:54
05. V. Career. Allegretto (Live) 14:42

Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and bass soloist Alexey Tikhomirov in this poignant performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, Op. 113 (Babi Yar), recorded live in September 2018.

The ensemble shines throughout – from passages requiring the sheer sonic force of the first movement to the indelible moments provided by single instruments. Muti and musicians expertly navigate the intricacies of the five movements, each set to the poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko and expressing themes that were dear to Shostakovich – revolution and war, the individual’s role in society, idealism in the face of easy compromise, prejudice and intolerance.

Yevtushenko said, “Over people like Shostakovich death has no power. His music will sound as long as humankind exists… When I wrote ‘Babi Yar,’ there was no monument there. Now there is a monument.”

“Muti channeled that excitement into rapt, almost reverent attention with a searing performance of a dramatic work that is very close to his heart.” – Chicago Sun-Times

“In all, a probing performance of a work Muti rightly termed ‘a masterpiece.’” – Chicago Tribune

“Alexey Tikhomirov was a supremely responsive advocate throughout, singing with a flexible, middle-weight bass. The Russian singer was a firm, stentorian presence in the declamatory passages without crossing the line to mere hectoring.” – Chicago Classical Review

“The work ‘will remain eternal not only because it’s a great piece of music,’ Muti told the audience, ‘but because it’s a deep warning, a document that’s important for us and the next generation…’” – Chicago Tribune

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