Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Yannick Nézet-Séguin direction
Mikhail Petrenko bass
Bayerischer Rundfunk Choir
Shostakovich blazes brightly in the hands of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Bayerische choirs and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mahler Totenfeier, symphonic poem
Shostakovitch Symphony No. 13 « Babi Yar »
Once again, Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the head of his Rotterdam Orchestra, pulls off a fine Mahler- Shostakovich double in which musical ambition vies with the tight logic of the programme. This should be a thrilling evening as Mahler’s Marche funèbre (which would become the first movement of his Symphony No. 2), will be followed Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar” by the Russian musician. Dedicated to all victims of antisemitism, it had to pass under the yoke of the Soviet authorities. The resounding success of this work was the composer’s revenge. The orchestral and, above all, the choral writing are on a par with the moral stature of the work. The dramatic tension is palpable from beginning to end of the score, culminating in the thundering conclusion which is almost too much to bear. Some of these passages are among the most beautiful ever penned by Shostakovich, and his “musical testimony” has since entered the pantheon of masterpieces.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées