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This is not jazz - thankfully!,
This review is from: Shostakovich: The Jazz Album (Audio CD)
The two jazz suites featured on this album are more Tchaikovsky meets Strauss than jazz. Indeed, Shosta subtitled his second as a suite for promenade orchestra and the writer of the sleeve notes (Shostaphile Elizabeth Wilson) openly concedes that the composer had his eye on numerous future renditions performed by Red Army bands. Having said that, there are some interesting and entertaining items contained within the suites, brilliantly orchestrated.
The rendition of the first piano concerto on this CD is the best in my collection: probably a trifle to brisk for some, it is nevertheless precise and disciplined.
The overall sound of the CD is up to the usual Decca standards