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Most enjoyable Shostakovich on the light side of life,
This review is from: Shostakovich - Jazz Suites Nos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
This well recorded disc, made in 2001, brings together an enjoyable a selection of Shostakovich in a light vein. This is based on his stage works, the main item of which is the music he wrote for his ballet, The Bolt. That concerned industrial espionage and a rather doubtful plot. It is now available on a recent Blu-ray but it is arguable that this selection of music drawn from it as a suite provides the more enduring and enjoyable option. Shostakovich apparently thought so too which is why he produced the suite which proved to be a popular decision.
The concluding Tahiti Trot is actually Shostakovich's arrangement of tea for Two, written is response to a challenge to provide an arrangement in an hour. He actually completed the job in 40 minutes and it has proved popular ever since.
The two Jazz Suites are collections of light stage dances more associated with ballroom dance titles rather than American styled jazz. Those expecting the latter may be disappointed therefore but everyone else is likely to thoroughly enjoy this stream of good quality light music.
All the pieces are played with enthusiasm and with style by these Russian musicians.
I would suggest that the disc provides considerable delight and illustrates an important alternative side to Shostakovich that ought to be known about more widely. As such the disc deserves serious consideration as a purchase option. There seems little reason to pay more as this disc offers evidence that quality is not always to do with paying top prices.