Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Jazz & Variety Suites (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Jazz & Variety Suites (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:52 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
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Dmitri Shostakovich was the most versatile of composers: popular and serious styles came to him with equal ease and are frequently found together in the same work. In his twenties, before the heavy hand of Soviet officialdom slapped him down in 1936, music of every kind poured out of him: symphonies, operas and full-length ballets but also a great amount of music for film and theatre.

Here Andrew Litton leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in a programme which explores this lighter side of a composer who is otherwise often regarded as unrelentingly serious. This recording opens with Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1, which Litton conducts from the piano. Consisting of three brief movements, it is the only truly original work in this recording, written in 1934 for a competition aimed at making “Soviet Jazz” more respectable.

The remaining suites are all reworkings of existing music, such as the ballets The Age of Gold – about the adventures of a Soviet football team visiting the decadent West – and The Limpid Stream, portraying a group of entertainers visiting an idyllic collective farm.

The Suite for Variety Orchestra is a compilation that the composer made in the late 1950s from three film scores, a ballet movement and four piano pieces. Closing the programme is Shostakovich’s 1927 orchestration of a Broadway classic, Vincent Youmans’ Tea for Two, which had become a hit under the title “Tahiti Trot”.

Tracklist:
01. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1: I. Waltz (02:22)
02. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1: II. Polka (01:42)
03. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1: III. Foxtrot (03:55)
04. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Age of Gold”, Op. 22a (1935 Version): I. Introduction (04:15)
05. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Age of Gold”, Op. 22a (1935 Version): II. Adagio (09:50)
06. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Age of Gold”, Op. 22a (1935 Version): III. Polka (02:16)
07. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Age of Gold”, Op. 22a (1935 Version): IV. Dance (02:17)
08. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Limpid Stream”, Op. 39a (Arr. K. Titarenko for Orchestra): I. Waltz (02:31)
09. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Limpid Stream”, Op. 39a (Arr. K. Titarenko for Orchestra): II. Russian Popular Dance (02:12)
10. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Limpid Stream”, Op. 39a (Arr. K. Titarenko for Orchestra): III. Gallop (01:50)
11. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Limpid Stream”, Op. 39a (Arr. K. Titarenko for Orchestra): IV. Adagio (07:07)
12. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite from “The Limpid Stream”, Op. 39a (Arr. K. Titarenko for Orchestra): V. Pizzicato (01:18)
13. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: I. March (03:01)
14. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: II. Dance No. 1 (02:56)
15. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: III. Dance No. 2 (03:14)
16. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: IV. Little Polka (02:06)
17. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: V. Lyric Waltz (02:16)
18. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: VI. Waltz No. 1 (03:21)
19. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: VII. Waltz No. 2 (03:39)
20. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra: VIII. Finale (02:03)
21. Singapore Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton – Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 (04:30)

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