Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 “Babi Yar” Oleg Tsibulko, The Choir of the Popov Academy of Choral Art, Russian National Orchestra & Kirill Karabits

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  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975): Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar":
  • 1Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar": I. Babi Yar. Adagio15:18
  • 2Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 “Babi Yar”: II. Humour. Allegretto07:30
  • 3Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 “Babi Yar”: III. In the Store. Adagio11:45
  • 4Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 “Babi Yar”: IV. Fears. Largo11:07
  • 5Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 “Babi Yar”: V. A Career. Allegretto12:30
  • Total Runtime58:10

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The Russian National Orchestra continues its Shostakovich cycle with Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar, together with bass Oleg Tsibulko, the Popov Academy of Choral Arts Choir, the Kozhevnikov choir and maestro Kirill Karabits. Inspired by Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem Babi Yar about a Nazi massacre of Jews just outside Kiev in 1941, Shostakovich based the Symphony on five of the author's poems. The texts reflect on the peculiarities of daily existence in Stalinist Russia, providing a deep insight into life under Soviet reign. After the sombre, impressive opening movement, Shostakovich alternates between a satirical stance, humour, and portraying the hardships of the Stalinist reality, leading up to the innocent beauty of the symphony's finale. One special aspect of this recording is the Russian National Orchestra's collaboration with an Ukrainian bass soloist and conductor, underlining the shared cultural and political heritage of both countries. The Russian National Orchestra is among the most important orchestras in the world and has a vast, multi-award-winning PENTATONE discography. Kirill Karabits features on Tchaikovsky Treasures (2019) with Guy Braunstein and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Oleg Tsibulko, the Popov Academy of Choral Arts Choir and the Kozhevnikov choir all make their PENTATONE debut.

Oleg Tsibulko, bass
The Choir of the Popov Academy of Choral Art
Kozhevnikov Choir
Russian National Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor

Oleg Tsibulko
Graduate of the Bolshoi Theatre’s prestigious Young Artist Programme and Second Prize-winner at Neue Stimmen 2013, Moldovan bass Oleg Tsibulko has since made a series of significant international debuts in a repertoire including works by Rossini, Verdi, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Tsibulko has joined productions at the Canadian Opera Company, Rossini Festival Pesaro, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Angers Nantes Opéra, Teatr Wielki, Opéra de Nice, the Buxton International Festival as well as performing in varied works at the Bolshoi Theatre. In roles such as Oroe (Semiramide), Banquo (Macbeth), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula) and General Polkan (The Golden Cockerel) Tsibulko has had the opportunity to collaborate with a number of important conductors including Zubin Mehta, Vasily Petrenko, Giacomo Sagripanti, Tugan Sokhiev, and Antony Walker.

He recently returned to the Canadian Opera Company as Gremin in Robert Carsen’s new production of Eugene Onegin, conducted by Johannes Debus. At Zubin Mehta’s invitation he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, and further expanded his concert repertoire when he joined MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Risto Joost in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. He will also sing Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Montréal.

Kirill Karabits
The 2018-19 season will mark Kirill Karabits' 10th anniversary as Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. His relationship with the BSO has been celebrated worldwide and together they have made many critically acclaimed recordings and appeared regularly at the BBC Proms. In September 2016, Karabits assumed the position of General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar and has led many acclaimed productions and recently led the Staatskapelle Weimar on their first tour of the USA. In August 2018, they presented the world premiere of Sardanapalo, a rediscovered Italian opera by Franz Liszt.

Karabits has worked with many of the leading ensembles of Europe, Asia and North America, including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony orchestras, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – including a concertante version of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Barbican Centre. Kirill enjoys a special relationship with the Russian National Orchestra with whom he recently returned to the Edinburgh Festival and during the 2018-19 season he will embark on a North American tour with Mikhail Pletnev and George Li. Other highlights of the current season include debuts with the Toronto, Cincinnati and Seattle Symphony orchestras as well as the Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein, and a return to the Deutsche Oper and a UK tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

A prolific opera conductor, Karabits has worked with the Deutsche Oper (Boris Godunov) and Oper Stuttgart (Death in Venice). He has also conducted at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (La bohème and Eugene Onegin), Staatsoper Hamburg (Madama Butterfly), English National Opera (Don Giovanni), Bolshoi Theatre and he conducted a performance of Der fliegende Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival in celebration of the composer’s anniversary.

Working with the next generation of bright musicians is of great importance to Karabits and as Artistic Director of I, CULTURE Orchestra he conducted them on their European tour in August 2015 with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist and a summer festivals tour in 2018, including concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Montpellier Festival. In 2012 and 2014 he conducted the televised finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award (working with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra).

He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

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