The Provocative End
To A Stunning Cycle


Listen to a clip from Shostakovich’s
Symphony No. 13 – II. Humour

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 11
Symphony No. 13 ‘Babi Yar’

Alexander Vinogradov, Bass • Huddersfield Choral Society
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

Shosta’s Symphonies: Personally from Petrenko


Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 13, Op. 113 in 1962. The climax of his ‘Russian period’ and, in its scoring for bass soloist, male chorus and orchestra, among the most Mussorgskian of his works, it attracted controversy through its settings of poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko (the ‘Russian Bob Dylan’ of his day) – not least the first movement, where the poet underlines the plight of Jews in Soviet society. The other movements are no less pertinent in their observations on the relationship between society and the individual. This is the final release in Vasily Petrenko’s internationally acclaimed symphonic cycle.


About Vasily Petrenko

“Why Shostakovich? I think he’s probably the last great symphonist of the 20th Century and I wanted to give his music even more wide recognition and basically to bring it to the broader audience.”

Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became chief conductor. He now works regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Russian National, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra include Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony [Naxos 8.570568] (2009 Classic FM/Gramophone Orchestral Recording of the Year), an ongoing Shostakovich cycle, and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Second and Third Symphonies and complete Piano Concertos.

About the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra, dating from 1840. Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestra in September 2006 and in September 2009 became Chief Conductor. The orchestra gives over sixty concerts each season in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and tours widely throughout the UK and internationally. In recent seasons world première performances have included major works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir John Tavener, alongside works by Liverpool-born composers including John McCabe, Emily Howard and Mark Simpson. Recent additions to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s extensive and critically acclaimed recording catalogue include Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, an ongoing Shostakovich cycle, and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos with Simon Trpčeski.

Previous Releases
in Vasily Petrenko's Shostakovich Symphony Cycle

Volume 1
Symphony No. 11
‘The Year 1905’

Volume 6
Symphonies Nos. 6 & 12
‘The Year 1917’

Volume 2
Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9

Volume 7
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15
‘To October’

Volume 3
Symphony No. 8

Volume 8
Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’

Volume 4
Symphony No. 10

Volume 9
Symphony No. 4

Volume 5
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3
‘The First of May’

Volume 10
Symphony No. 14