Shostakovich: Jazz & Ballet Suites, Film Music

Shostakovich: Jazz & Ballet Suites, Film Music
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Artist National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Theodore Kuchar conductor
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 6735
EAN code 5029365673525
Release April 2006

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About this release

After releasing the highly successful sets of Shostakovich symphonies (the award-winning cycle of Rudolf Barshai) and the string quartets ( highly acclaimed performances of the Rubio Quartet), this set presents the Jazz Suites, Ballet Suites and Film Music.

Shostakovich lived a live full of tension and controverses in the Stalin era. As a modernist he was reprimanded and threatened to be banned. As a sign of good behaviour, he wrote music for mass audiences, in a popular style. But Shostakovich being Shostakovich, he managed to suggest under the surface of the sometimes nearly vulgar music his unique sense of bitter irony and revolt.

The Jazz suites enjoy a huge popularity. The 'Second Waltz' from the first Suite gained world reputation through the arrangement of Andre Rieu. The film music for the Gadfly is famous for its Romance, which was used in a popular television series.

Excellent, idiomatic performances by the Ukrainian Orchestra under Theodore Kuchar.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): March
  2. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): Dance No. 1
  3. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): Dance No. 2
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): Little Polka
  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): Lyric Waltz
  6. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): Waltz No. 1
  7. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): Waltz No. 2
  8. Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, (Jazz Suite No. 2): Finale
  9. Dmitri Shostakovich: Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Themes, Op. 115
  10. Dmitri Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1: Waltz
  11. Dmitri Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1: Polka
  12. Dmitri Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1: Foxtrot
  13. Dmitri Shostakovich: Novorossijsk Chimes
  14. Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96

Disk 2

  1. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Bolt, Ballet Suite, Op. 27a: Overture
  2. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Bolt, Ballet Suite, Op. 27a: Polka
  3. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Bolt, Ballet Suite, Op. 27a: Variation
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Bolt, Ballet Suite, Op. 27a: Tango
  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Bolt, Ballet Suite, Op. 27a: Intermezzo
  6. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Bolt, Ballet Suite, Op. 27a: Finale
  7. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Limpid Stream, Ballet Suite, Op. 39a: Waltz
  8. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Limpid Stream, Ballet Suite, Op. 39a: Russian Lubok
  9. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Limpid Stream, Ballet Suite, Op. 39a: Galop
  10. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Limpid Stream, Ballet Suite, Op. 39a: Adagio
  11. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Limpid Stream, Ballet Suite, Op. 39a: Pizzicato
  12. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age, Ballet Suite, Op. 22a: Overture
  13. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age, Ballet Suite, Op. 22a: Adagio
  14. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age, Ballet Suite, Op. 22a: Polka
  15. Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age, Ballet Suite, Op. 22a: Dance

Disk 3

  1. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: Prelude
  2. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: The Ball at the Palace
  3. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: The Ghost
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: In the Garden
  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: Hamlet & Ophelia
  6. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: Arrival of the Actors
  7. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: Poisoning Scene
  8. Dmitri Shostakovich: Hamlet Suite: Duel and Death of Hamlet
  9. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Overture
  10. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Contradance
  11. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Folk Feast
  12. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Interlude
  13. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Waltz "Barrel Organ"
  14. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite Op. 97a: Galop
  15. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite Op. 97a: Introduction
  16. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Romance
  17. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Intermezzo
  18. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Nocturne
  19. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Scene
  20. Dmitri Shostakovich: Gadfly, Suite, Op. 97a: Finale