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

Disk 2

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

Disk 3

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