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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar”

    Russian National Orchestra
    Oleg Tsibulko – Kirill Karabits




    Recording Producer / editor


    Presto Classical’s recording of the week

    Much of what makes this recording so successful is the establishment of subtle opening moods. There’s more edge to the tone than one sometimes hears, particularly in the lower register, but it’s needed to project over the percussion rumblings underneath.

    The Sunday Times

    Bluntly caustic or sharply ironic about the worst of Soviet life and times, explosive with tongue-twisting, zinging consonants, Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s chain of poems tumble out of the vocalists’ lips with sombre power and unstinting force. Karabits controls this grim feast masterfully well.

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