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listen  1. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.1 - 1. WaltzRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.1 - 2. PolkaRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.1 - 3. FoxtrotRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35 - 1. AllegrettoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35 - 2. LentoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:05Album Only
listen  6. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35 - 3. ModeratoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35 - 4. Allegro con brioRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 1. MarchRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 2. Lyric WaltzRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 3. Dance IRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 4. Waltz IRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 5. Little PolkaRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 6. Waltz IIRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 7. Dance IIRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 8. FinaleRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Youmans: Tahiti TrotRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam, Peter Masseurs
  • Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (February 16, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041ZT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To them, I say, "we are here for the music....and this is great music".
Arnaud Wiehe
This album of "jazz music", all of which was composed in the 1920s and 1930s, demonstrates Shostakovich's more "light-hearted" side.
Erik North
One of the movements was so fast that you could hear the orchestra slow down so the xylo player could play the part!
L. Michelou

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Brett A. Kniess on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If Shostakovich had decided to write in the Russian folk idiom, this CD would probably be the best glimpse into that genre.

Intending to raise the level of Soviet jazz, we now have two jazz suites scored for orchestra, but featuring instruments used in a way we don't normally hear in Shostakovich. Using xylophone, twangy guitar, accordion, harmonica, and saxophones, we are treated to various "dance forms" such as waltzes, polkas, foxtrots, and marches. Shostakovich goes from the militant, to the humorous, to the sensual, each with an engaging and "catchy" Russian melody and unusual orchestration. He also orchestrates the famous "Tea for Two" into a short fantasia, which is rather whimsical.

The 1st piano concerto is a kind of odd fit on this CD in my opinion. More in the vein of what we are used to hearing from mainstream Shostakovich, he is rather melodic and often quotes from other works. The bare bones orchestration of piano, trumpet, and strings gives this work a very transparent feel. The first movement has an ominous opening theme. The slow second movement is very exciting in its own right with its sense of drama, rarely dwelling in lugubriousness, carrying the sense of dread from the first movement. The third movement is a sort of recitative to the last movement. The last movement has an unusual string mode mixture, the piano goes into a dance feel and the trumpet has some fanfare licks. Both piano and trumpet work together very well as separate soloists in this movement. He ends in a fury with piano and string poundings, the piano has some raucous quotes, and the trumpet ends with fanfares.

Overall, the performances are stellar.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hodges on June 25, 2004
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It's too bad that Riccardo Chailly and the Concertgebouw haven't recorded more Shostakovich (perhaps because Haitink did), since this project is pretty winning. As several other reviewers have noted, however, the term "jazz" here is a bit of a misnomer. Some of the music is lighter than usual for the composer, but anyone expecting to find even as much as what Bernstein created in his "jazz moments" is likely to be a bit disappointed.
But never mind, the recording is superb. Shostakovich's "Piano Concerto No. 1," for piano, trumpet and strings, is one of his most wittily engaging works, and Ronald Brautigam (piano) and Peter Masseurs (trumpet) sound wonderful. The final movement is fairly hilarious, despite a somewhat introspective middle movement that precedes it. The second of the two "Jazz Suites" has the dark little waltz made famous by its appearance in Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut." (This is the very recording used in the film.)
As if all this weren't enough, the concert closes with the composer's hilarious take on "Tea for Two" called "Tahiti Trot." Its sparkling insouciance is a gentle reminder that despite the composer's anguish and pain, he still had wit to spare.
Terrific playing, terrific sound, and lovely cover art, too. One of Chailly's best, most imaginative recordings with this orchestra.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Scott on June 15, 1999
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If you only know Shostakovich for big doom-laden symphonies or politically incorrect operas, then think again - allow your ears to be tickled pink by the delicate, fun-filled orchestration and sparkling melodies of these items of musical confectionary!! "Jazz" is probably not the best description of this style - the equivalent of 1930's vaudeville and cafe music for the Soviet populace. Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw have obviously had the time of their lives (and a great laugh!) while making this disc - may I recommend track 10 (Dance No 1) if you need cheering up? A brilliant CD and a showcase for the amazing talents of one of the century's greatest composers/entertainers!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "deepcore" on May 11, 2000
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- in fact that should have been very recommendable, but I ran out of space... Just like Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 has been eternally linked to "Elvira Madigan", the second waltz from the Jazz Suite no. 2 risks being eternally linked to "Eyes Wide Shut". Eventhough this might not be all bad - "Eyes Wide Shut" is an excellent film - it is not fair, because the Jazz Suites are so much more than just Waltz No. 2. As other reviewers have said, this is far from the Shostakovich most known - in fact, the music, in particular the waltzes (which all have a certain likeliness to no. 2), makes me associate to Strauss and Vienna rather than to Shostakovich and Russia. The Jazz Suites are cheerful, with tones of solemnity, making the piano concerto stand back a little like "just an ordinary piano concerto", not because it is not good, but because it lacks the spirit of the suites... And eventually, just a small warning. You should not buy this album if you want to buy a jazz album - it certainly isn't. But you should definitely consider buying it, anyway.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
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As the previous review so rightly said, there is so much more to Shostakovich than his concertos and orchestral works (although those are consistently excellent). Here, Chailly and the Concertgebouw Orchestra do a marvellous job in making these already-morish pieces even more addictive. Having played the 2nd Jazz Suite myself (playing xylophone in a wind band arrangement) I was particularly eager to hear an alternative version of the work, and this recording handles it superbly (listen particularly to Dance 1 and the Finale). And finishing with the irresistable Tahiti Trot makes this collection of light music a treasure of anyone's CD collection.
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