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Shostakovich - Jazz and Variety Suites

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Catalogue numberBIS-2472 SACD
Release date2022-04-01
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time69:14

Dmitri Shostakovich was the most versatile of composers: popular and serious styles came to him with equal ease and are frequently found together in the same work. In his twenties, before the heavy hand of Soviet officialdom slapped him down in 1936, music of every kind poured out of him: symphonies, operas and full-length ballets but also a great amount of music for film and theatre. Here Andrew Litton leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in a programme which explores this lighter side of a composer who is otherwise often regarded as unrelentingly serious.
The disc opens with Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1, which Litton conducts from the piano. Consisting of three brief movements, it is the only truly original work on the disc, written in 1934 for a competition aimed at making ‘Soviet Jazz’ more respectable. The remaining suites are all reworkings of existing music, such as the ballets The Age of Gold – about the adventures of a Soviet football team visiting the decadent West – and The Limpid Stream, portraying a group of entertainers visiting an idyllic collective farm. The Suite for Variety Orchestra is a compilation that the composer made in the late 1950s from three film scores, a ballet movement and four piano pieces. Closing the disc is Shostakovich’s 1927 orchestration of a Broadway classic, Vincent Youmans’ Tea for Two, which had become a hit under the title Tahiti Trot.
 
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  Composer: Shostakovich, Dmitri
  Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 07:59
01 I. Waltz 02:22 $ 0.57 USD
02 II. Polka 01:42 $ 0.41 USD
03 III. Foxtrot 03:55 $ 0.94 USD
 
  Suite from The Age of Gold, Op.22a 18:38
04 I. Introduction 04:15 $ 1.02 USD
05 II. Adagio 09:50 $ 2.36 USD
06 III. Polka 02:16 $ 0.54 USD
07 IV. Dance 02:17 $ 0.55 USD
 
  Suite from The Limpid Stream, Op.39a 14:58
08 I. Waltz 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
09 II. Russian Popular Dance 02:12 $ 0.53 USD
10 III. Gallop 01:50 $ 0.44 USD
11 IV. Adagio 07:07 $ 1.71 USD
12 V. Pizzicato 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
 
  Suite for Variety Orchestra 22:36
13 March 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
14 Dance No. 1 02:56 $ 0.70 USD
15 Dance No. 2 03:14 $ 0.78 USD
16 Little Polka 02:06 $ 0.50 USD
17 Lyric Waltz 02:16 $ 0.54 USD
18 Waltz 1 03:21 $ 0.80 USD
19 Waltz 2 03:39 $ 0.88 USD
20 Finale 02:03 $ 0.49 USD
 
21 Tahiti Trot 04:51 $ 1.16 USD
 
  Album total 69:14
ComposerShostakovich, Dmitri
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra
ConductorLitton, Andrew
PianoLitton, Andrew

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