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Shostakovich: Ballet Suites / N. Järvi, Scottish


Release Date: 07/22/2003 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10088   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These big, bold, gutsy performances of some of Shostakovich's best light music have been collected on two CDs and reissued at an attractive price, making this a very convenient way to fill in your Shostakovich collection if you have avoided Neeme Järvi's generally excellent recordings of the symphonies until now. In addition to the five Ballet Suites (drawn from various sources) you also get Järvi's sizzling attack on the brilliant Festive Overture and a brutally aggressive (aptly so!) Suite from Katerina Ismailova (a.k.a. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk). The playing of the Scottish National Orchestra has tremendous panache (great horns, trombones, and percussion), and Chandos captures it all in brilliant, dynamic, very forceful sound. There's no Read more need to dwell on this in further detail: these are simply the best performances available in this music, and given the excellent value, you can purchase this set with complete confidence. A very intelligent reissue.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballet Suite no 1, Op. 84b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
2.
Ballet Suite no 2, Op. 89b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USSR 
3.
Ballet Suite no 3, Op. 91d by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USSR 
4.
Ballet Suite no 4, Op. 91f by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
5.
Bolt Suite, Op. 27a "Ballet Suite no 5" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
6.
Katerina Izmaylova: Suite, Op. 114a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USSR 
7.
Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 

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