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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating program well-handled by the Concertgebouw, 31 May 2000
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This review is from: Shostakovich: The Jazz Album (Audio CD)
The main point of interest here is the two Jazz Suites, recorded for the first time by Chailly and the Concertgebouw and remarkably well presented. The saxophones, which form a crucial part of the ensemble (particularly in the second suite) provide a luscious sonority, not too raw as is often the case, and the trombone solo in the first suite is extraordinary for its degree of excellent breath control and smooth sound. These two treasures are a must! The 1st Piano Concerto is tucked in between the two jazz numbers, but is nevertheless well dealt-with; this is certainly the more "pure" brand of Shostakovich, and far-removed from the music of the rest of the CD, but worth a listen all the same. Almost a bonus here is the Tahiti Trot, an orchestration of Youman's Tea for Two completed in an hour by Shostakovich as a bet. And what a wonderful end to a wonderful CD! The Concertgebouw's clarity is unmatched in any version I have heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album, 10 April 2013
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I bought this cd after watching a brilliant BBC documentary about people living along the A5. One of the residents, a
Charming Jewish lady, loved the waltz from Jazz Suite No.2, I have also liked this piece of music and other works by
Shostakovich. Sadly the lady who had lived a full and interesting life died, the music she loved was played at her funeral service. It was incredibly moving even though I didn't know the woman.
I bought this album and have not been disappointed it includes Jazz Suite No.1 and No.2 and other works. The recording is warm and dynamic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich and His Walzes, 18 Sept. 2010
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Some wonderful pieces of music, inextricably linked, that have a lasting memory on ones musical soul and make the most ordinary of Shostakovich fans want to dance around the room! If your neighbours see you walzing without hearing the music then they might just think you have gone a little crazy but the reputation will be worthwhile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good recording, 31 May 2012
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Many do not realise that Shostakovich wrote jazz. It is different to American Jazz sometimes like film music - this is a great recording.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deserving winner of Grammophone Editor's Choice!, 16 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Shostakovich: The Jazz Album (Audio CD)
No wonder that this has won a Gramophone Editor's Choice award!
It is an exceedingly witty interpretation that retains character without sacrificing clarity. It manages to use a classical tempo to acheive a jazz swing which is impressive. The music itself is very entertaining and perky, with some exquisite slow movements. This is a rare insight into Shostakovitch's more happy side.
It is VERY easy to listen to, unlike his symphonies, and although some may criticise this for its lack of depth, I would argue that these works are not renowned for any profound meaning.
Just enjoy them!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, flamboyant fun, 15 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Shostakovich: The Jazz Album (Audio CD)
In all probability motivated by survival as much as art, the Jazz suites may be too easy to dismiss unless you are familiar with the composer's more "serious" works. However, on repeated listening, this oddly light selection of movements proves itself to be unadulterated Shostakovich. While seemingly far removed from the affecting turmoil of the symphonies, many of these pieces display the same keen wit, irony and even sarcasm one might find in, say, the second movement of the eighth, or the finale of the sixth. Dimitry is in playful mood and nobody can craft musical mischief like Dimitry in his stride. There is almost a sense of parody to some of these works, but the material is so strong that even when scoring to such a strict style, rather than composing freely, Shoshtakovich's personality, trademarks and fantastic ability shine through. Finally, these works prove, if proof were needed, that the man had a fine ear for a tune. If you were to count the number of killer hooks on this record you would soon run out of fingers and toes. Gorgeous, mind-melting melodies are paraded by thick and fast, some only meriting one or two repeats before the next jaw-dropping change of direction.
The musicianship on this particular interpretation, the sound quality also, manage to remain as lively, fresh and skilful as the music. It has the feeling of a live concert - you can almost see the expressions on their faces.
The first piano concerto provides the meat in the sandwich and is also brightly performed, cementing my personal view that nobody writes for trumpet and piano like Shostakovich.
Paradoxically this might be just too accessible for the beginner, but once you have tasted the other side of Shostakovich, it is heaven in a box.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich Masterpiece, 9 Aug. 2010
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Michael Field "Mikes Headroom" (Somewhere in England) - See all my reviews
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I've loved Shostakovich since the 1980s. Not only does the music have such force and flamboyance but you listen to it with the knowledge that he managed to fulfil his talent and still stay on the right side of Stalin, which edges appreciation closer to admiration!

The latter's influence was apparent in the slightly overblown grandiosity of, say, "The Assault on Beautiful Gorky" but who cares?

The Waltz from Jazz Suite No1 became popular a while ago on TV because of how appropriately it brings together the jazz, the art deco and the classical. It's wonderful and the same goes for the rest of the album, the performance humorous without being flippant, which I'm sure is as DS would have wanted.

Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars But I enjoyed it nonetheless, 16 July 2014
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It's not Amazon fault nor the sender. The two Jazz suites were not well recorded. The sound is either too low or sometimes too loud. But I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 10 Mar. 2014
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A fine recording of russian composer. The little pieces with jazzy feeling are the best among this cd. Classic music with jazzy feeling
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation of Shostakovich's work, 14 Nov. 2009
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R. Horrigan "herbydoodle" (Hull, England, UK) - See all my reviews
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You really do get your money's worth with this album- Jazz Suite No. 2, Piano Concerto No. 1, as well as Tahiti Trot. A delightful collection of Shostakovich's jazz music, music guaranteed to make you smile when you're feeling down!
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