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Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Promenade Orchestra (Jazz Suite No.2) – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (Audio video)

Riccardo Chailly

Stalin effectively ended the debate over the legitimacy of "light music" in Russia by declaring in 1936 that all artistic and musical work would henceforth be under the control of the Party. Thus when Shostakovich composed his Jazz Suite No.2 in 1938, it was for an entirely different purpose and audience from those connected with his Jazz Suite No.1 of 1934. The first suite had been composed to prove that serious music could be written in popular forms.

When Shostakovich composed the second suite in the autumn of 1938, it was on commission from the newly formed U.S.S.R. State Jazz Band, an ensemble created to control the public's taste in popular music. The three movements of the suite – Scherzo, Lullaby, and Serenade – were premiered at the Jazz Band's inaugural concert on November 28, 1938. The work was lost shortly after its premiere, and the eight-movement work currently called Jazz Suite No.2 is in fact a compilation of arrangements of pieces drawn mostly from film scores. It is therefore fitting that the second waltz from the second suite became the theme music for Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut. The eight short pieces are: March, Lyric Waltz, Dance One, Waltz One, Little Polka (there is even an accordion-like passage), Waltz Two, Dance Two, and Finale.

Source: James Leonard (

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

♪ Suite for Promenade Orchestra (Jazz Suite No.2) (1938)

i. March
ii. Lyric Waltz
iii. Dance I
iv. Waltz I
v. Little Polka
vi. Waltz II
vii. Dance II
viii. Finale

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, April-May 1991

Decca 1991

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

First publication: September 9, 2014 – Last update: June 10, 2017

Watch also:

Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Promenade Orchestra (Jazz Suite No.2)

vi. Waltz 2

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

Waldbühne, Berlin, 2011

(HD 720p)

See also

Dmitri Shostakovich – All the posts

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