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listen  1. Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Lyric Waltz (Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 2:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Dance (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 1:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Romance (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 2:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Polka (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 1:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Waltz-scherzo (The Bolt)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 3:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Galop (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 1:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ballet Suite No. 2 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Waltz (The Limpid Stream)Oleg Tokathev 2:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ballet Suite No. 2 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Adagio (The Limpid Stream)Oleg Tokathev 7:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ballet Suite No. 2 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Polka (Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1)Oleg Tokathev 2:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ballet Suite No. 2 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Sentimental Romance (The Tale of a Priest and His Servant Balda)Oleg Tokathev 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ballet Suite No. 2 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Spring Waltz (Michurin)Oleg Tokathev 2:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ballet Suite No. 2 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Finale (Galop) (Limpid Stream)Oleg Tokathev 3:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ballet Suite No. 3 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Waltz (The Human Comedy)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ballet Suite No. 3 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Gavotte (The Human Comedy)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 2:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ballet Suite No. 3 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Dance (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 2:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ballet Suite No. 3 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Elegy (The Human Comedy)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 3:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ballet Suite No. 3 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Waltz (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 1:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ballet Suite No. 3 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Galop (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 3:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Ballet Suite No. 4 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Prelude (Variation) (The Limpid Stream)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 5:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ballet Suite No. 4 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Waltz (The Song of Great Rivers)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 3:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ballet Suite No. 4 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Scherzo (The Bolt)Russian Philharmonic Orchestra 3:33$0.89  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0002TXT3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For those who know only the dark, sardonic, angst-ridden undertones of his string quartets and symphonies, it often comes as a surprise to some that Shostakovich was a master of lighter music as well. And since ballet music tends to comprise short, rhythmic and melodic sections, and since the ballet was the quintessential Russian theatrical art, it is no surprise that not only Shostakovich but most of his predecessors and contemporaries (think of Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Shchedrin and Gliere, to name only a few) wrote light, easily grasped, tuneful music for the form. And it is also no surprise that there is a lot of Russian ballet music that gets lost in the crowd. Such is the case with these ballet suites, uncreatively named Ballet Suites Nos. 1-4, which Shostakovich put together in 1949-1953 primarily for radio broadcast. They excerpt numbers from several of the composer's ballet scores, primary of which is 'The Limpid Stream,' which contributes eleven separate pieces distributed throughout the four suites. There are also a couple of well-known numbers from 'The Bolt,' which has been recorded by these same artists--the fine conductor Dmitry Yablonsky, and his impressive Russian Philharmonic Orchestra on a previous Naxos release available here at Amazon as ASIN B000063TS9. Other sources are 'The Human Comedy' (3 numbers), 'Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1' (2), 'The Tale of a Priest and His Servant Balda' (1), 'Michurin' (1), and 'The Song of the Great Rivers' (1).

The suites contain wonderful Shostakovian waltzes, polkas, galops and more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By paulusrex on June 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This recording is a great alternative

to Neeme Jarvi's recording of the Ballet Suites.

If you cannot buy Jarvi's try this

recording, they are very much close.

The sound is great, and the tempo is close

to that of Jarvi's. Best present alternative

to Jarvi's recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beans on February 27, 2014
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I bought the first suite because my orchestra played this and I needed to learn the piece. Because Shostakovich was a Russian composer, I decided to go with the Russian recording to better understand the style, even though I'm not a huge fan of Russian orchestras.

The woodwinds are spectacular. They are perfectly on tune and blend well with the orchestra. The brass are good, too, but the trumpet solos are not as good as they could be. The strings are amazing as well.

I love this recording and listen to it all the time. I recommend this to anyone looking for the unique style Shostakovich has.
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04-29-2015 Naxos Records, in keeping with their streak of Shostakovich Symphonies, here presents the composer's four Ballet Suites. numbered one through four and composed in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953. Of the 21 total and distinct pieces, ranging from just over 7 minutes to about 1:19, Yablonsky leads the Russian Philharmonic with the flair of a true ballet conductor. The total playing time for these works is a rewarding 58:08 and the venue of Studio 5 of the State TV/radio Company provides a good soundstage for this release. The dates ran from May 26th to June 1st of 2003. The usual brief "booklet" from the folks at Naxos, provides he simple story of the composition of these short items.

ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS AND IDEAS
Not a lot to say about these suites, except to note that 11 of the 21 cuts came from a ballet called the "Limpid Stream," which was the title of a collective farm in the Soviet system of communal societal agriculture, not so much for nutritional purposes, but rather as a demonstration to the West of the utopia of Socialist-Communism. BAH! ! They were composed as "light music," more to placate the masses and indoctrinate them into a sort of bland robotic sense of reality. Pleasant ass they are, were they successful? I can't really judge, but If I had to guess, I'd have at least some measure of skepticism. But, let's face it, we are dealing with simple folk, who have long been exposed to the benefits of Stalinism, and eventually, most people got worn down. So, what to think of this music?
Well, it is enjoyable and it IS light, but where id=s the meaning behind this group of dances, romances other miscellaneous items?
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By Joel Sandulli on December 31, 2013
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Like Shostakovich's serious works but his lighter works are an absolute delight. I like his waltzes even better which I bought earlier.
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