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Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"by Dmitri Shostakovich
Tom Krause (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1962; USSR Date of Recording: 1/1970
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
The first and still the best.April 9, 2013By A. M See All My Reviews"Eugene Ormandy Had a wonderful ability to interpret works without overtly "interpreting" them. He lets the music speak for itself. Whether he was accompanying a concerto, bringing the program to the fore in a tone poem, or making the structure of a symphony clear, I can always count on his performance to illuminate the piece well. Mahler and Shostakovich were two composers Ormandy and Philadelphia tackled with stunning results. Dmitri Shostakovich's symphonies brought forth some of Ormandy's best recordings. His recordings of 4 and 5 on Sony are bench-mark performances. For RCA he recorded the last three symphonies. While 14 (with Estes and Curtin as soloists) just misses the mark, 13-"Babi Yar" and 15 excel over the competition. "Babi Yar" is a dark piece, the poems dealing with oppression of people. Tom Krause is the soloist. His baritone voice had darkened by this time, and his projection of text is incredible. The Mendelssohn Club give their support with equal involvement. RCA's sound was really marvelous analog sound, digital still a few years away. Never mind other conductors in this piece. They are good, but the involvement and sustained tension found in Ormandy carry this recording to the top of the small heap. And to think, it was the first stateside release of this symphony by anyone."Report Abuse
A smuggled-out premiere...April 13, 2012By Osvaldo Polatkan (Elmwood Park, NJ)See All My Reviews"Yevgeny Yevtushenko's searing poem "Babi Yar" that Shostakovich composed his 13th Symphony around was a "superb document of protest" according to the liner notes of this invaluable recording...
The score for this controversial work was smuggled out of the Soviet Union shortly after it's initial performance conducted by Kiril Kondrashin (once available on Everest and the Russian Disc labels with marginal sound but worth seeking out for it's historical significance alone)...
Eugene Ormandy and his legendary Philadelphia Orchestra (who performed the American premiere) give us a magnificent and deeply felt performance that any serious Shostakovich collection must have...
This reading ranks along-side Kondrashin's later recording (available on a Melodiya boxed-set of all the symphonies) and Kurt Masur's account on Teldec which is special because the poem is recited by none other than Yevtushenko himself!
Also, Ormandy's recording of Shostakovich's 14th & 15th on RCA are thrilling and not to be missed...