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06 December 2008 @ 11:59 pm
Babi Yar  
Have you guys noticed I really really like Shostakovich? I've been trying to vary it a bit, but I just listened to this again, and I couldn't help but post it!

Dmitri Shostakovich- Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar"
New York Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur
Sergei Leiferkus, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, New York Choral Artists

Review of Piece-
This is another one of my favorite works by Shostakovich. It is absolutely haunting and terrifying. I'm usually not a fan of choral symphonies, but man are male Russian singers incredible! A little backround on the piece, Shostakovich used 5 poems, one titled "Babi Yar" and used them as the lyrics. Babi Yar was a jewish town that was massacred. This is piece is an emotional rollar coster, and constantly gives me shivers. My mom tells me to shut it off when I'm listenig to it on my computer with her in the room. She doesn't speek a wiff of Russian, but told me it sounded too "morbid and depressing". All in all, I don't recomend this piece for the faint of heart!
Review of Artists-
This is actually the only recording I have of the symphony, surprisingly. Despite what some of my friends say, I'm quite fond of the New York Phil. I have faith that they do Babi Yar justice. 
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Maria: осеньmerry_m on December 7th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Super!!! You're so clever! :)
Absolutely, New York Philharmonic is very good orchestra
a little bit about history:
It was not a jewish town, Babi Yar is a ravine in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine... It was a people of the city of Kiev and its environs....so that's all..
tarkonator on December 7th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
really? my bad! I was told the story differently >.>
thats soo cool that you know! so glad I have a russian reading my blog XD
Maria: башниmerry_m on December 9th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks :)
I'm glad to read it too :)
Joe Shelby: allegro peopleacroyear70 on December 8th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
speaking of Shostokovich, two british classical music mags (Gramaphone and BBC Music) have been raving about the newly released recording of Symphony 10 from Haitink and the LPO. It was recorded at a Proms in '86 but is only now getting a wide release from the BBC Archives.
tarkonator on December 8th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
If you look down a few entries, I have the older recording of Hatink and the London Phil doing Shosti 10, hes my favorite! Oh damn, I HAVE to get it!