Programme

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphonie Nr. 13 b-Moll ›Babij Jar‹ für Bass, Männerchor und Orchester

Artists

Thomas Sanderling

  • Albert Dohmen – Bass-baritone

Herren des Kiev Municipal Chamber Choir

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

About the Memorial Concert

On 29 and 30 September 1941, 33,771 Jews were shot in the Babyn Yar ravine in just 36 hours by SS men, Wehrmacht members, German police units and local militiamen. To mark the 80th anniversary of this largest single massacre of World War II in Europe, an official commemoration ceremony will take place in Kiev at the site of the crimes on Wednesday 6 October from 5pm.

More info Less info

At the invitation of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, which is planning a large-scale memorial in what is now a park above the now filled-in ravine, the DSO will play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 in the presence of the presidents of Israel, Ukraine and Germany. The symphony's setting of 'Babyn Yar' and other poems by the author Yevgeny Yevtushenko denounce anti-Semitism and recall the suffering of Jews over the millennia. Thomas Sanderling, who gave the symphony its German premiere in 1973, will conduct the DSO at the beginning of the commemorative event, together with bass-baritone Albert Dohmen and the men of the Kiev Municipal Chamber Choir.

In addition to speeches by the presidents present, cellist Mischa Maisky, violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica, the Vladimir Tarasov Trio and cantor Joseph Malovany will perform the rest of the programme. The performance of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony is available as video-on-demand on the → YouTube channel ›DW Classical Music‹. The concert recording can also be listened to on the → website of Deutschlandfunk Kultur for 30 days.

Broadcast

Wednesday, 06.10.2021 | 8.03 pm

Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Wed 6 Oct '21

5 pm

Babyn Yar (Kiev)

Broadcast

Wednesday, 06.10.2021 | 8.03 pm

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Artists

Thomas Sanderling

Thomas Sanderling

Conductor

Albert Dohmen

Albert Dohmen

Bass-baritone

Herren des Kiev Municipal Chamber Choir

Biography Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Orchestra

Biography