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A fascinating program well-handled by the Concertgebouw
on 31 May 2000
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.