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This is the final release in Naxos' internationally acclaimed cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies, performed by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The Symphony No. 13 is an emotionally wide-ranging work, and one of the last in which Shostakovich took a provocative stance, rather than simply writing music acceptable to the Soviet authorities. In setting poems by the maverick poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Shostakovich stirred controversy by highlighting, for example, the plight of Jews in Soviet society.

Naxos 8.573218

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 11 -
Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar"

Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Men’s Voices of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
and the Huddersfield Choral Society


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.



Watch the video trailer, in which Vasily Petrenko reflects on the incredible journey of recording the complete cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies.



Listen to an extract from Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13: II. Humour

Hear Vasily Petrenko in discussion with Edward Seckerson about this new release




About the Artists


Vasily Petrenko was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became its chief conductor. He is also chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre of his native St Petersburg, and principal conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He was the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2007, and the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010 and 2012. He now works regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras.


The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra, dating from 1840. The orchestra gives over sixty concerts each season in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and tours widely throughout the UK and internationally.


Founded in 1840, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir has always been central to the life of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Its repertoire covers all periods and styles from Bach to newly commissioned works, with full symphony orchestra and a cappella.


Founded in 1836, the Huddersfield Choral Society enjoys an international reputation as the UK’s leading choral society, producing a unique and thrilling sound from over 200 voices. The choir's repertoire includes both oratorio and religious music, contemporary and commissioned works.


Alexander Vinogradov made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow at the age of 21. Since then he has established a remarkable career, winning numerous prizes in international singing competitions and appearing at the world's leading opera houses.



Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
The Shostakovich Symphony Cycle



8.572082
VOLUME 1
Symphony No. 11
‘The Year 1905’

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

“This is one of the best recordings I’ve heard of this piece...it simply leaves me speechless.”
American Record Guide

8.572167
VOLUME 2
Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

“Vasily Petrenko is an outstanding Shostakovich conductor, as attentive to small details as he is to larger issues of structure and balance... A terrific performance.”
ClassicsToday.com

8.572392
VOLUME 3
Symphony No. 8

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

“A shattering account of Shostakovich’s urgent, anguished Eighth Symphony...
conductor Vasily Petrenko is
building a cycle for the ages.”
Time Out New York



8.572461
VOLUME 4
Symphony No. 10

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

“Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle goes from strength to strength.”
Gramophone

8.572396
VOLUME 5
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 3
‘The First of May’

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

“This latest instalment in Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle with the RLPO more than maintains the superb standard they’ve set already.”
Classic FM

8.572658
VOLUME 6
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 12
‘The Year 1917’

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

“Vasily Petrenko leads a first movement that beats just about everyone in terms of sheer excitement...This Shostakovich series is shaping up as one of the best, make no mistake.”
ClassicsToday.com



8.572708
VOLUME 7
Symphony No. 2 ‘To October’
Symphony No. 15

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

“another splendid release
in an exceptional cycle.”
International Record Review

8.573057
VOLUME 8
Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

“With the excellent RLPO Petrenko gives a terrific account of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony. Rarely has a conductor made such a good use of dynamics to underline
the inner conflict and the whole spectrum
of emotions buried by the composer in
this music.”
Pizzicato



8.573188
VOLUME 9
Symphony No. 4

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

“It must be said straight away that the orchestral playing on display in this latest instalment of Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle is an absolute triumph.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
is in fabulous shape…and the playing is truly world class.”
MusicWeb International

8.573132
VOLUME 10
Symphony No. 14

Gal James, Soprano
Alexander Vinogradov, Bass
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

“No previous recording of the 14th Symphony lays greater claim to beauty. Five stars, no question.”
Sinfini Music




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