Shostakovich: Jazz Suites, The Bolt, Tahiti Trot - Yablonsky
Classical - Orchestral
Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1, Jazz Suite No. 2, Tahiti Trot Op. 16 "Tea for Two", The Bolt (Ballet Suite) Op. 27a
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Yablonsky (conductor)
Although the symphonies, string quartets and concertos represent the core of his achievement, Shostakovich had wide sympathies across the musical spectrum: hence his oft-repeated comment that he enjoyed all music from Bach to Offenbach. All the works on this disc - which opens with a suite from the ballet The Bolt (the scenario of industrial espionage is a pretext for music drawing on circus-like farce) and concludes with his orchestration of Tea for Two - attest to a composer who entered into the spirit of ‘light music’ with enjoyment and enthusiasm. The so-called Jazz Suite No.2 (sketches for the original Jazz Suite No.2 have only recently been discovered) is in fact the Suite for Stage Variety Orchestra, drawn from various ballet, film and theatres scores, with saxophones and accordion to the fore. The Second Waltz, recently found popularity as the title music for Stanley Kubrick’s last film, Eyes Wide Shut.