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Shostakovich: Jazz & Ballet Suites, Film Music


Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 6735   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 59 Mins. 

Imported from : UNITED KINGDOM   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

3 CD SET!


The main competition for this material comes from Riccardo Chailly's excellent selection of film and dance music for Decca. While the repertoire is not identical, its substance really is, and given the choice between them I have no hesitation in recommending this inexpensive three-disc set, for several reasons. First, Chailly's discs (even assuming that they are all still available) must be purchased separately, and this entire set costs just about as much as any one of those single CDs. Second, I like the inclusion of a few more substantial pieces, such as the Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Themes, as well as the brilliant performance of the Festive Overture Op. 96.
Read more Third, while Chailly delivers beautifully played renditions, Kuchar's are simply more exciting, particularly in the many gallops and waltzes. This isn't music that requires the ultimate in polish, though the playing of the Ukrainian orchestra is very good--and it's also significant that Kuchar reveals more instrumental detail than does Chailly, particularly in the Jazz suites, or (for example) the Folk Fest segment of the suite from The Gadfly. Terrific sonics add up to an irresistible package that makes an easy first recommendation for this repertoire.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 23 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
2.
Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes, Op. 115 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
3.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 1, Op. 38b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
4.
Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
5.
Bolt Suite, Op. 27a "Ballet Suite no 5" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 23 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
6.
Limpid Stream Suite, Op. 39a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USSR 
7.
Age of Gold Suite, Op. 22a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 16 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
8.
Hamlet: Suite, Op. 32a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
9.
Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 43 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
10.
Novorossisk Chimes, Op. 111b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
11.
Hamlet: Suite, Op. 116a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Venue:  National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine 
Length: 27 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: National Radio Company, Kiev, Ukraine (06/01/2004 - 06/08/2004) 
12.
Gadfly, Op. 97: Romance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 

Sound Samples

Jazz Suite No. 2: I. March
Jazz Suite No. 2: III. Dance No. 1
Jazz Suite No. 2: VII. Dance No. 2
Jazz Suite No. 2: V. Little Polka
Jazz Suite No. 2: II. Lyric Waltz
Jazz Suite No. 2: IV. Waltz No. 1
Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz No. 2
Jazz Suite No. 2: VIII. Finale
Overture on Russian and Kyrgyz Folk Themes, Op. 115
Jazz Suite No. 1: I. Waltz
Jazz Suite No. 1: II. Polka
Jazz Suite No. 1: III. Foxtrot
Novorossiisk Chimes (The Flame of Eternal Glory)
Festive Overture, Op. 96
Bolt, Op. 27a (Ballet Suite No. 5): I. Overture
Bolt, Op. 27a (Ballet Suite No. 5): II. Polka: The Bureaucrat
Bolt, Op. 27a (Ballet Suite No. 5): III. Variations: The Dance of the Drayman
Bolt, Op. 27a (Ballet Suite No. 5): IV. Tango: Koselkov's Dance with Friends
Bolt, Op. 27a (Ballet Suite No. 5): V. Intermezzo
Bolt, Op. 27a (Ballet Suite No. 5): VIII. Finale: General Dance and Apotheosis
Svetliy ruchey suite (The Limpid Stream Suite): I. Waltz
Svetliy ruchey suite (The Limpid Stream Suite): II. Russian Lubok
Svetliy ruchey suite (The Limpid Stream Suite): III. Galop
Svetliy ruchey suite (The Limpid Stream Suite): IV. Adagio
Svetliy ruchey suite (The Limpid Stream Suite): V. Pizzicato
The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a: I. Overture
The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a: II. Adagio
The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a: III. Polka
The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a: IV. Dance
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: I. Prelude
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: II. The Ball at the Palace
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: III. The Ghost
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: IV. In the Garden
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: V. Hamlet and Ophelia
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: VI. Arrival of the Actors
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: VII. Poisoning Scene
Hamlet Suite, Op. 116a: VIII. Duel and Death of Hamlet
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: I. Overture
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: II. Contredanse
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: III. Folk Feast (National Holiday)
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: IV. Interlude
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: V. Barrel-Organ Waltz
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: VI. Galop
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: VII. Introduction (Prelude)
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: VIII. Romance
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: IX. Intermezzo
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: X. Nocturne
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: XI. Scene
The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: XII. Finale

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